The Janey 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." CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early Origins of the Janey family
The surname Janey 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
in 1327, and a William Jan was listed in the Subsidy Rolls
in that same year. CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Kirby's Quest listed Robert Janes and William Janes, both in Somereset temp.
1 Edward III. CITATION[CLOSE]
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.
Early History of the Janey family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janey 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 Janey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Janey 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 Janey 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... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Janey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Janey family to the New World and Oceana
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 Janey or a variant listed above were: Mary and Thomas Janes, who settled in Virginia in 1652; Joseph Janes, who arrived in Northampton
, MA in 1658; Joane Janes, who arrived in Maryland in 1667.
Contemporary Notables of the name Janey (post 1700)
- Janey Godley (b. 1961), Scottish comedian and author, columnist for the Monday edition of The Scotsman newspaper from 2007-2009