Origins Available: English
The proud Norman name of Germane was developed in England
soon after Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was name for 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.
Germane 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 Germane family
The surname Germane was first found in Essex
where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Germane family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Germane 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 Germane History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Germane Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Germane were recorded, including German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Germane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Germane family to Ireland
Some of the Germane 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 Germane family to the New World and Oceana
The unstable environment in England
at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland
, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Germane arrived in North America very early:
Germane Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Catherine Elizabeth Germane, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1772
- Catherine Eliza Germane, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)