Janney History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Janney family

The surname Janney was first found in Herefordshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1218 when Gilbert Genewy held estates in that shire.

Important Dates for the Janney family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janney research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Janney History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Janney Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Janney were recorded, including Genewy, Genway, Gannaway, Jennaway, Janaway, January, Jennery, Jeneway, Janoway, Janeway, Janaway and many more.

Early Notables of the Janney family (pre 1700)

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Janney migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Janney family emigrate to North America:

Janney Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Janney, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1683 [1]
  • Elizabeth Janney, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1698 [1]
  • Randolph Janney, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1699 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Janney (post 1700)

  • Allison Janney (b. 1959), American five-time Primetime Emmy Award, a Satellite Award and four-time Screen Actors Guild Award winning actress, best known for her role as C. J. Cregg on the television series The West Wing (1999-2006)
  • Stuart Symington Janney III (b. 1948), American investment banker, racehorse owner
  • Barbara Phipps Janney (1911-1987), American member of the American horse racing Phipps family
  • Stuart S. Janney Jr., (1907-1988), American attorney, leading horse breeder
  • Jack Raymond Janney (1924-2006), American structural engineer and innovator in the understanding of structural collapses
  • Eli Janney, American record producer and musician
  • Eli H. Janney (1831-1912), American inventor of the modern knuckle coupler used on North American railroads in 1873
  • Craig Janney (b. 1967), American retired NHL hockey player who played from 1987 to 1999
  • Christopher Janney (b. 1950), American interactive sound and light artist
  • Ernest Lloyd Janney (1893-1941), Canadian military pilot, Provisional Commander of the Canadian Aviation Corps (1914-1915)


  1. ^ 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)
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