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

Today's generation of the Jarnagin family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Jarnagin family lived in Norfolk.

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Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jarnagin include Jernegan, Jerningham, Jernygham, Jernigan, Jenningham, Jenningan and many more.

First found in Norfolk, where they held a family seat from the 12th century.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarnagin research. Another 297 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1222, 1550, and 1762 are included under the topic Early Jarnagin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Jarnagins to arrive on North American shores: Thomas, Ellen and Mary Jermegan, who sailed to Maryland in 1637; Michael Jenningan to New York in 1820 and Jenny Jernegan to San Francisco in 1875.

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  • Spencer Jarnagin (1792-1853), American politician, United States Senator from Tennessee (1843 to 1847)


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Virtus basis vitae
Motto Translation: Virtue is the support of life.

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The Jarnagin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jarnagin 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.

This page was last modified on 14 January 2015 at 18:27.

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