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Where did the English Jansen family come from? What is the English Jansen family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jansen family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jansen family history?

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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.


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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.

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More information is included under the topic Early Jansen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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


  • Lorenz Jansen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1605
  • Michael Jansen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1609-1664
  • Roeloff Jansen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1630
  • Gerhart Jansen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1632
  • Lyntje Jansen, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1633


Jansen Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Conrad Jansen, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1709
  • Wilhelm Jansen, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1796
  • Johann Arnold Jansen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796
  • Wilhelm Jansen, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1796

Jansen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Julian Jansen, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Christ Jansen, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Bernard Jansen, aged 32, landed in Missouri in 1846
  • Bernh Matthias Jos Jansen, who arrived in America in 1847
  • Daniel Jansen, aged 38, arrived in New York, NY in 1847


Jansen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Abraham Jansen, who landed in Manitoba in 1879

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  • Dan Jansen (b. 1965), American speed skater who won a gold medal at the 1994 Winter Olympics
  • Johannes Henricus Gerardus Jansen (1868-1936), Dutch, a former archbishop of Uthrect and Roman Catholic Primate of the Netherlands
  • Ernest George Jansen (1881-1959), British administrator in South Africa, served as the governor-general of the Union of South Africa between 1951 and 1959
  • Cas Jansen (b. 1977), Dutch actor
  • Floor Jansen (b. 1981), Dutch singer
  • Floris Jansen (b. 1962), Dutch cricketer
  • Harm Jansen (b. 1967), Dutch cyclist
  • Jacques Jansen (1913-2002), French singer
  • Janine Jansen (b. 1978), Dutch violinist
  • Johannes "Hans" J. G. Jansen (1942-2015), Dutch politician, Member of the European Parliament (2014-2015)


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  • The Cornelius Jansen Family History by Betty Ann Miller.
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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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