Origins Available: English
The distinguished surname Genower was first brought to England
in the wake of the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "engigneor" or "enginior," meaning "engineer, maker of military machines." During the 12th century, the term "ingeniator" was used to refer to men who worked as both master-mason and architect. CITATION[CLOSE]
Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
Early Origins of the Genower family
The surname Genower was first found in Yorkshire
during the 12th century. The first recorded bearer of the name was Ailnoth Ingeniator, a military architect who served as surveyor of royal buildings in 1157. He supervised building operations at Windsor between 1166 and 1173, repaired Westminster Abbey after a fire, and headed the destruction of Framlingham and Walton Castles. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Other early bearers of the name include Richard Lenginnur, recorded in the Pipe Rolls
between 1191 and 1197, and William Enginur, who was living in Suffolk
in 1202. The Hundredorum Rolls
of 1273 list Hugh le Ginnur in Oxfordshire
and William le Engynur in Suffolk
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Genower family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Genower research.Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1296, 1452, 1750, 1691, 1637 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Genower History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Genower Spelling Variations
Although the name, Genower, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Jenner, Joyner, Joiner, Junor, Junior, Genner, Ginner, Genower and many more.
Early Notables of the Genower family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Genower family to the New World and Oceana
Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland
many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Genower family name Genower, or who bore a variation of the surname were Thomas Jenner, who settled in New England
in 1636; William Junior, who came to Virginia in 1641; Charles Jenner, who immigrated to Virginia in 1764; George Charles Jenner, who arrived in Maryland in 1794.