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The Germann family has descended through the lines of the ancient Normans that came to England following their Conquest of England in 1066. The Germann name reveals that an early member 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. Germann 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.

Germann Early Origins



The surname Germann was first found in Essex where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.

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Germann Spelling Variations


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Germann Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Germann family name include German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.

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Germann Early History


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Germann Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Germann 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 Germann History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Germann Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Germann Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 50 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Germann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Germann In Ireland


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Germann In Ireland



Some of the Germann 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Germann family to immigrate North America:

Germann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Germann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1710
  • Miss Germann, who arrived in America in 1788

Germann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johann Germann, aged 20, arrived in New York, NY in 1848
  • Joh Friedr Germann, who landed in America in 1850
  • Jakob Germann, who arrived in Brazil in 1862

Germann Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • lgnatz Germann, aged 51, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Michael Germann, aged 9, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Regina Germann, aged 3, landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902
  • Franziska Germann, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1902

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Contemporary Notables of the name Germann (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Germann (post 1700)



  • Gregory Andrew "Greg" Germann (b. 1958), American actor, best known for his role as Richard Fish in the television series Ally McBeal and as Mattson in Child's Play 2
  • Adolf Germann (1857-1924), Swiss politician, President of the Swiss National Council (1908-1909)
  • Theodor Germann (1879-1935), Latvian chess master who later lived and played in London in the 1910s
  • Monika Germann (b. 1954), Swiss cross country skier at the 1984 Winter Olympics
  • Pierre-Michel "Pierre" Germann (b. 1985), French professional footballer
  • Hannes Germann (b. 1956), Swiss politician, Member of the Swiss Council of States for the Canton of Schaffhausen (2002-)
  • Markus Arthur Germann, Swiss figure skater, the 1963 & 1964 Swiss national champion

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    5. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
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    The Germann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Germann 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.

    This page was last modified on 25 February 2015 at 08:22.

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