Janet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Janet begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the biblical name of Jane. This name was first used in England during the 15th century, and was originally derived from the Old French Jehanne, which also had biblical origins from Johannes.

Early Origins of the Janet family

The surname Janet was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

Early History of the Janet family

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Janet Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Janet has been recorded under many different variations, including Janot, Janet, Jonet, Jannet, Janett, Janette, Jannett, Jenet, Jennet, Jenett and many more.

Early Notables of the Janet family (pre 1700)

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Canada Janet migration to Canada +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Janet or a variant listed above:

Janet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Claude-Joseph Janet married in 1759 in Longueuil, Quebec

Australia Janet migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Janet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Janet Cree, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Miss. Janet Lawrie, Scottish convict who was convicted in Edinburgh, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Miss. Janet Lindsay, (Currie), Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Miss. Janet McClerey, (McLeary), Scottish convict who was convicted in Ayr, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • Miss. Janet McDonald, Scottish convict who was convicted in Glasgow, Scotland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baretto Junior" on 5th April 1850, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Janet (post 1700) +

  • Mary Janet Climpson (d. 1940), British Salvation Army officer interred in Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery
  • Dr. Alison Janet Elliot C.B.E., O.B.E., FRSE, (b. 1948), British Associate Director for Centre for Theology and Public Issues for University of Edinburgh, was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for public service [2]
  • Ms. Caroline Janet Gard B.E.M., British recipient of Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Young People and to Charity [2]
  • Martha Janet Lafferty (1921-2007), birth name of Janet Blair, American film and television actress
  • Susan Janet Payne, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Georgia, 1996 [3]
  • Marion Janet Greeves MBE (1894-1979), née Cadbury, English politician, the first one of two female members of the Senate of Northern Ireland
  • Patricia Janet Scotland (b. 1955), Baroness Scotland of Asthal, a Labour Party life peer, Shadow Attorney General (2010-2011), Attorney General for England and Wales (2007-2010), Advocate General for Northern Ireland in 2010, Attorney General for Northern Ireland (2007-2010)
  • Kay Janet Denman (b. 1937), Australian politician, Senator for Tasmania (1993-2005)
  • Marion Janet Harron (1903-1972), United States Tax Court judge
  • Leslie Janet Jenkins, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1980 [4]


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baretto-junior
  2. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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