Norman Conquest of England occurred. Soon after this event, the name would have been given to a person who had a moustache. The name was originally derived from Old English words gernon or grenon, which meant moustache.
Early Origins of the Gernon family
Herefordshire, Suffolk, and a great barony in Essex. Another early notable of the family was Ranulf II (also known as Ranulf de Gernon) (1099-1153), a Norman-born, potentate who inherited the honour of the palatine county of Chester. He claimed descent from the Counts of Bessin in Normandy.
Thoydon-Garnon in Essex was and ancient homestead of the family. "The parish takes the adjunct to its name from the family of Gernon, who were anciently its proprietors." CITATION[CLOSE]
Early History of the Gernon family
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Gernon 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. Gernon has been recorded under many different variations, including Garnon, Garnons, Gernan, Gernon, Gernen, Garnham and many more.
Early Notables of the Gernon family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Gernon family to Ireland
Some of the Gernon family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Gernon 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. Gernons were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Gernon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Gernon (post 1700)
The Gernon Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Nid cyfoeth
Motto Translation: Not wealth, but contentment.(Welsh.
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