The ancient name Germand is a Norman name that would have been developed in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. This name was a name given to 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.
Germand 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.
Early Origins of the Germand family
The surname Germand was first found in Essex
where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Germand family
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Germand Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Germand family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Germand family to Ireland
Some of the Germand 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 and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Germand family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Germand or a variant listed above: Thomas German who landed in Maryland in 1654; John German settled in Pennsylvania, with his wife Margaret, and two daughters, in 1683; Thomas German settled in Maryland in 1660.