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It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Jansen are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. 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. The variations of the name Jansen include: Janson, Jeanson, Jansen, Jansun, Jeansen, Janssen and many more.
First found in Northampton 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 13th century when they held estates in that shire.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jansen research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1510, 1600, 1504, 1096, 1476, 1455, 1487 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Jansen History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Jansen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Jansen or a variant listed above:
Jansen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Jansen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Jansen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jansen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
The Jansen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jansen Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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