Geny History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Geny is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Geny family name comes from the personal name John. The feminine name Jenny was initially a masculine form and modification of the personal name Jenin.The Norman name Geny descended from Guisnes near Calais in Normandy. The family name Geny was brought to England after the Norman Conquest, when William the Conqueror gave his friends and relatives most of the land formerly owned by Anglo-Saxon aristocrats.

Early Origins of the Geny family

The surname Geny was first found in Suffolk where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Bredfield in that shire where they were granted land by Duke William for their assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D. Conjecturally, they are descended from Peter who held his lands from Hervey de Bourges, tenant in chief. The village was rated in the Domesday Book Survey as a village, a Church and 3 oxen or teamlands. There is also a moated site which was known as Bradfield Castle, although the village is Bredfield. The name Jenney was descended from Guisnes near Calais in Normandy. [1]

Important Dates for the Geny family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geny research. Another 93 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1330, 1460, 1477, 1623, 1636 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Geny History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geny Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Geny has been recorded under many different variations, including Jenney, Jennie, Jenny, Genny, Gennie, Gynney and others.

Early Notables of the Geny family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Edward Jenney of Bredfield House; Sir William Jenny, one of the Judges of the King's Bench in 1477 and John Jenney, early American settler...
Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geny Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Geny migration to the United States

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Genys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Geny Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Gilbert Geny, who arrived in Virginia in 1665 [2]
  • John Geny, who landed in Maryland in 1668 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Geny (post 1700)

  • Charles F. "Willie" Geny (1913-1999), American college football and basketball player for the Vanderbilt Commodores
  • François Gény (1861-1959), French jurist and professor of law at the University of Nancy

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Citations

  1. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
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