The history of the name Janings began when it was derived from The name Janings is derived from the personal name John,
or perhaps more accurately from several diminutions of the name John,
such as Jan, Jon, or Jen. Patronymic
surnames belong to the larger category of surnames, known as hereditary surnames
, and they arose out of the vernacular
given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. John, of course, is derived from John the Baptist, who was born in order to announce Christ's coming.
Early Origins of the Janings family
The surname Janings was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Janings family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janings research.Another 497 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1332, 1508, 1731, 1819, 1450, 1523, 1499, 1509, 1567, 1591, 1570, 1660, 1619, 1668, 1642, 1668, 1660, 1717, 1710, 1717, 1636, 1693, 1663, 1740, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Janings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Janings Spelling Variations
There are many spelling variations
surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England
, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Jennings, Jenings, Jennins, Jennyns, Jennens, Jennynge, Jennynges, Jenyns and many more.
Early Notables of the Janings family (pre 1700)
Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Stephen Jenyns (c.?1450-1523), English wool merchant from Wolverhampton who became Sheriff of London in 1499, before becoming Lord Mayor of London in 1509; Saint Edmund Gennings (1567-1591), an English Catholic martyr, who was executed during the English Reformation; John Gennings (c... Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Janings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Janings family to Ireland
Some of the Janings family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Janings family to the New World and Oceana
An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Janings arrived in North America very early: Hannah Jenings who settled in Barbados in 1654 along with John; Thomas Jenings settled in Virginia in 1636; Edward Jennings settled in Virginia in 1643.