Janssen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Janssen family began in the historic kingdom of Schleswig, which is the northernmost state in western Germany. German surnames developed at a time when most of Schleswig, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames in Schleswig. Two of the common types of family names found in the Schleswig are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Janssen derived from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The name John is originally derived from the Hebrew personal name Johanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored."

Early Origins of the Janssen family

The surname Janssen was first found in Holstein, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal System and the nation. Although branches of this family are to be found in the Netherlands and Denmark, German branches were distinct and had their own history from early on.

Early History of the Janssen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janssen research. Another 175 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1813, 1829, 1837, 1860, 1875, 1878, 1880, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Janssen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Janssen Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jansen, Janssen, Jannsen, Jannssen, Janson, Jansson, Jansens, Janssens, Jannssens, Janzen, Jantzen, Janz, Jantz, Jans, Jaenz, Jaentz, Jaens, Jenz, Jentz, Jens, Jensen, Jenssen, Jensson, Jenzen and many more.

Early Notables of the Janssen family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included August Philipp Alexander Janson, a major and head of the 3rd Cuirassier regiment of the Prussian army, who received a title of nobility in 1829 in reward for his loyalty and...
Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Janssen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Janssen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Janssen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mauritz Janssen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1636 [1]
  • Hans Janssen, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1639 [1]
  • Swaen Janssen, who landed in New York in 1654 [1]
  • Arent Janssen, who arrived in New York in 1657 [1]
  • Poulus Janssen, aged 32, who landed in New York in 1658 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Janssen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johana Janssen, aged 40, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Johaner Janssen, aged 13, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Johannes Janssen, aged 38, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Cath Janssen, aged 40, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843 [1]
  • Otto Ernest Janssen, who landed in Missouri in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Janssen (post 1700) +

  • Werner Janssen (b. 1899), American conductor and composer
  • Casey Janssen (b. 1981), American baseball player for the Toronto Blue Jays
  • David Janssen (1931-1980), Golden Globe-winning Emmy Award- nominated American film and television actor
  • Horst Janssen (1929-1995), German printmaker
  • Saint Arnold Janssen (1837-1909), German founder of the Society of the Divine Word
  • Johannes Janssen (1829-1891), German historian
  • Pierre Jules César Janssen (1824-1907), French astronomer, co-discoverer of helium while analysing the chromosphere of the sun during a total solar eclipse in Guntur, India
  • Major-General Louis-Guillaume-Gaston Janssen (1884-1940), French General Officer Commanding 12th Motorized Division (1939-1940) [2]
  • Famke Beumer Janssen (b. 1964), Dutch actress and former fashion model
  • Constant Janssen (1895-1970), Belgian founder of Janssen Pharmaceutica


  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)
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, October 5) Louis-Guillaume-Gaston Janssen. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Janssen/Louis-Guillaume-Gaston/France.html


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