Jan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jan 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 Jan family

The surname Jan 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 Somereset temp. 1 Edward III. [3]

Important Dates for the Jan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jan research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1438, 1499, 1716, 1275, 1510, 1620, 1500, 1480, 1499, 1500, 1611, 1662, 1660, 1645, 1707 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Jan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jan Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Janes, Jans, J'Anes, Jeanne, Jeynes, Jayne, Jane and many more.

Early Notables of the Jan 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); Henry Jeanes (1611-1662), an English clergyman and puritan...
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Jan migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jan or a variant listed above were:

Jan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Jansson Jan, who landed in Colorado in 1881 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jan (post 1700)

  • Jacques Félix Jan de La Hamelinaye, Count de La Hamelinaye, French Divisional General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [5]
  • Cees Jan Winkel (1962-1980), Dutch freestyle swimmer at the 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Robert Jan Mrazek (b. 1945), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980, 1988; U.S. Representative from New York 3rd District, 1983-93 [6]
  • Tomáš Jan Bata CC (1914-2008), also known as Tomas Bata Jr. and Tomáš Bať a Czech-born, Canadian founder of Bata Shoe Company, nicknamed "Shoemaker to the World"
  • Nancy Jan Smotherman (b. 1953), birth name of Nancy Jan Davis, former American astronaut with over 673 hours in space, awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1998, NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1995 and 2002, and the NASA Space Flight Medal in 1992, 1994, and 1997
  • Antonius Jan Glazemaker (1931-2018), Dutch Old Catholic prelate, Archbishop of Utrecht (1982–2000)
  • Jerry Jan Ross (1933-2017), American songwriter, best known for his song "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me"
  • Hendrik Jan Davids (b. 1969), former professional Dutch tennis player
  • Hendrick Jan van Oyen (1771-1850), Dutch-born, French Brigadier General during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [7]
  • Karin Jan Smithers (b. 1949), American former television and film actress, best known for playing Bailey Quarters on the television series WKRP in Cincinnati

Citations

  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. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, March 13) Jacques Jan. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 27) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, June 16) Hendrick van Oyen. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html
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