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Where did the English Germain family come from? What is the English Germain family crest and coat of arms? When did the Germain family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Germain family history?The name Germain is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person of German descent, or a person who was associated with that country through trade or other means. Another derivation of the name suggests that it derives from the Old French given name Germain. This name was borne by a popular French saint from the 5th century, and also meant of the same stock, or related to. Germain is a classic example of an polygenetic surname, which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Germain research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1250, 1248, 1279, 1318, 1402, 1377, 1397, 1650 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Germain History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Germain Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Germain family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Germain or a variant listed above were:
Germain Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Germain Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Germain Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Germain Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
Germain Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Germain Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Germain Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Germain Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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