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Early Origins of the Janeway family

The surname Janeway was first found in Kent, where Gilbert Genewy was listed in the Feet of Fines for 1218-1219. Years later, with other early spellings, we found Peter de Geneva 1249, de Geneweye in the Feet of Fines for Herefordshire in 1251. [1]

The name was likely a nickname for someone from Genoa. "The Genoese traded much with England, both in silks and spices." [2] [3]

"As late as the 16th cent. a native of Genoa was called in England a Jan(e)way." [4]

Early History of the Janeway family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janeway research. Another 79 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1562, 1576, 1628, 1633, 1636, 1638, 1657, 1670, 1674, 1715, 1717 and 1787 are included under the topic Early Janeway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Janeway Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Janeway has undergone many spelling variations, including Genewy, Genway, Gannaway, Jennaway, Janaway, January, Jennery, Jeneway, Janoway, Janeway, Janaway and many more.

Early Notables of the Janeway family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • James Janeway (1636-1674), a Puritan minister and children's author, second in popularity only to John Bunyan. He was the fourth son of William Janeway, and younger brother of John Janeway [q. v.], wa...
  • John Janeway (1633-1657), was a Puritan, second son of William Janeway, and elder brother of James Janeway [q. v.], was born on 27 Oct. (baptised 4 Dec.) 1633 at Lilley, Hertfordshire, where his fathe...

United States Janeway migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Janeway were among those contributors:

Janeway Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Janeway, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683 [5]
Janeway Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Janeway, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [5]

Australia Janeway migration to Australia +

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

Janeway Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Charles Janeway, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Mitchell" in 1840 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Janeway (post 1700) +

  • Michael Charles Janeway (1940-2014), American professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, editor of the Boston Globe
  • Theodore Caldwell Janeway (1872-1917), the first full-time professor of medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Janeway (1913-2005), American author and critic
  • Eliot Janeway (1913-1993), influential American economist, journalist and author
  • Charles Alderson Janeway Jr. (1943-2003), noted American immunologist
  • Carol Janet Brown Janeway (1944-2015), Scottish editor and literary translator into English, best known for her translations of Bernhard Schlink's The Reader

St. Francis Dam
  • Mr. Waldo Pickering Janeway, American resident in Santa Clarita killed when the St. Francis Dam failed and flooded the area in 1928

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Arthur, William , An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. London: 1857. Print
  4. Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  5. 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)
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM MITCHELL 1840. Retrieved from on Facebook