Janway History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Early Origins of the Janway family
The surname Janway 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 Janway family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Janway research. Another 90 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1487, 1636 and 1674 are included under the topic Early Janway History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Janway Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Janway has been spelled many different ways, including Genewy, Genway, Gannaway, Jennaway, Janaway, January, Jennery, Jeneway, Janoway, Janeway, Janaway and many more.
Early Notables of the Janway family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Janway family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Janways to arrive in North America: settlers, who arrived along the eastern seaboard, from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands.
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