Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been 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. Germen 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 Germen family
Essex where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Germen family
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Germen Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Germen has been recorded under many different variations, including German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Germen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Germen family to Ireland
Some of the Germen family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Germen family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Germens were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America: 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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