The Norman name Germynd was originally used for a person who 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.
Germynd 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 Germynd family
The surname Germynd was first found in Essex
where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Germynd family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Germynd 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 Germynd History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Germynd Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Germynd family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Germynd family to Ireland
Some of the Germynd 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 Germynd family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Germynd name or one of its variants: 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.