Normans first arrived in Britain following their Conquest of the island. It was a 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. Germant 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 Germant family
Essex where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Germant family
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Germant Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Germant include German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Germant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Germant family to Ireland
Some of the Germant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Germant family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Germants to arrive on North American shores: 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.
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