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The J'anes surname is a patronymic name created from the personal name Jan, which was a Middle English variant of the name John, or as "son of Jan." [1]

Early Origins of the J'anes family

The surname J'anes was first found in Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from very early times. They were also found early in Cornwall, where a record in the Ministers' Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall shows a Simon Ianes in 1297. A John Janne was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Cornwall in 1327, and a William Jan was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in that same year. [2]

Kirby's Quest listed Robert Janes and William Janes, both in Somerset temp. 1 Edward III. [3]

Jane or Johanna (d. 1445), Queen of Scotland, "was the daughter of John Beaufort, earl of Somerset. Her mother was Margaret, daughter of Thomas Holland, second earl of Kent [q. v.], and niece of Richard II, who became after her first husband's death Duchess of Clarence. James I, King of Scotland, when a prisoner at Windsor, saw her walking in the garden of the castle, fell in love at first sight, and wrote the story of his love in the ‘Kingis Quair.’ The marriage, which suited the English rulers, and was made one of the conditions of his release, took place at St. Mary Overy Church in Southwark on 12 Feb. 1424. " [4]

Early History of the J'anes family

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J'anes Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Janes, Jans, J'Anes, Jeanne, Jeynes, Jayne, Jane and many more.

Early Notables of the J'anes family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Thomas Jane (Jan) (died 1500), English clergyman, Archdeacon of Essex (1480), Bishop of Norwich (1499-1500.) He was born at Milton Abbas, Dorsetshire, and educated at Winchester School, where he became a scholar in 1449. [4] Joseph Jane (fl. 1600-1660), controversialist, was sprung of an old family which had long been influential in Liskeard, Cornwall. His father was mayor there in 1621, and in 1625 Jane represented the borough in parliament. In 1625 he was himself mayor of Liskeard, and...
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J'anes World Ranking

In the United States, the name J'anes is the 3,295th most popular surname with an estimated 9,948 people with that name. [5] However, in Newfoundland, Canada, the name J'anes is ranked the 395th most popular surname with an estimated 118 people with that name. [6]

United States J'anes migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name J'anes or a variant listed above:

J'anes Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mary and Thomas Janes, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • Joseph Janes, who arrived in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1658
  • Joane Janes, who arrived in Maryland in 1667
  • Mary Janes, who landed in Maryland in 1675 [7]
J'anes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Janes, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [7]
  • Roger Janes, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • Charles E Janes, who landed in America in 1826 [7]
  • Charles Janes, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1832
  • Albert Janes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 [7]
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Canada J'anes migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

J'anes Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Christopher John Janes U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [8]
J'anes Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Anne Janes, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1827
  • Elijah Janes, who arrived in Canada in 1832

West Indies J'anes migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
J'anes Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Janes who arrived in Barbados with his wife Jane in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name J'anes (post 1700) +

  • Loren Janes (1931-2017), American stuntman, best known for his work in the Steve McQueen films Bullitt, Nevada Smith, and The Hunter, co-founder of the Stuntmen's Association of Motion Pictures in 1961
  • Rodney Berdett Janes (1892-1973), American businessman and politician, new York State Senator (1939-1944) and (1945-1946)
  • Dominic Janes (b. 1994), American actor
  • Henry Fisk Janes (1792-1879), American politician, U.S. Representative from Vermont (1834-1837)
  • Roland Janes (b. 1933), American rock and roll guitarist
  • Norman Janes (1892-1980), English painter
  • Richard Janes (b. 1978), English actor, film and theatre director
  • Ms. Kathryn Hannah Janes M.B.E., British Flight Lieutenant, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [10]
  • Joseph Robert Janes (b. 1935), Canadian author, known for his St-Cyr and Kohler series
  • Christine Truman Janes MBE (b. 1941), British former tennis player
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SS Caribou
  • Mr. Harold Janes (b. 1893), Newfoundland crew member from Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking
SS Southern Cross
  • Mr. William Henry Janes (1861-1914), Newfoundlander from Bryan's Cove who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found
  • Mr. Elias Janes (1888-1914), Newfoundlander from Bryant's Cove who was aboard the "SS Southern Cross" when it is suspected she sank between the 31st March 1914 and early April during the storm with a heavy load of pelts; no survivors were ever found

Suggested Readings for the name J'anes +

  • History of the Janes-Peek Family by Reba Neighbors Collins.
  • Rendezvous in Racine by Ralph M. Colburn.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. The order of Common Surnames in 1955 in Newfoundland retrieved on 20th October 2021 (retrieved from Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland by E.R. Seary corrected edition ISBN 0-7735-1782-0)
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  10. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook