The Janns 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 Janns family
The surname Janns 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 Janns family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janns research.Another 273 words (20 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 Janns History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Janns Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Janns are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Janns include Janes, Jans, J'Anes, Jeanne, Jeynes, Jayne, Jane and many more.
Early Notables of the Janns 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 Janns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Janns family to Ireland
Some of the Janns family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Janns family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Janns, or a variant listed above:
Janns Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Janns, aged 60, who arrived in New York in 1651 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)