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The Jaynes surname is a patronymic name created from the personal name Jan, which was a Middle English variant of the name John.


The surname Jaynes was first found in Worcester, where they held a family seat from very early. They were also found early in Cornwall, where a record in the Ministers' Accounts of the Earldom of Cornwall shows a Simon Ianes in 1297. A John Janne was listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Cornwall in 1327, and a William Jan was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Somerset in that same year.

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 Jaynes include Janes, Jans, J'Anes, Jeanne, Jeynes, Jayne, Jane and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jaynes research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1510, 1620, 1500, 1480, 1499, 1500, 1611, 1662, 1660, 1645, 1707 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Jaynes History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Geoffrey Janes of Botalock, Cornwall; Thomas Jane (Jan) (died 1500), English clergyman, Archdeacon of Essex (1480), Bishop of Norwich (1499-1500); Henry Jeanes (1611-1662), an English...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jaynes Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


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 Jayness to arrive on North American shores:

Jaynes Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Capt. Jaynes, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Miss May Jaynes, aged 22, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Mrs. Marie Jaynes, aged 50, who emigrated to the United States, in 1893

Jaynes Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Walter Jaynes, aged 16, who landed in America from Nottingham, in 1900
  • Edwin J. Jaynes, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Charles A. Jaynes, aged 60, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Dexter Jaynes, aged 20, who emigrated to America, in 1911
  • Matilda H. Jaynes, aged 58, who emigrated to the United States, in 1911
  • ...

Jaynes Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Henry T. Jaynes, aged 63, who emigrated to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada in 1908
  • William Jaynes, aged 41, who settled in Grand Bank, Newfoundland, in 1921

  • James T. Jaynes, American seaman, U.S. Navy equipment operator at Byrd Station in 1966, eponym of Jaynes Islands, in the Amundsen Sea off Antarctica
  • Lee Oval Jaynes Jr. (b. 1940), American former football coach and college athletics administrator
  • David Duane Jaynes (b. 1952), American former NFL football quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974
  • Betty Jaynes (b. 1921), stage name of Jayne Schultz, an American B-movie actress in the late 1930s to mid-1940s
  • Roderick Jaynes, American pseudonym used by the Coen brothers, American multi-award winning film directors, screenwriters, producers, and editors
  • Edwin Thompson Jaynes (1922-1998), American physicist and theorist of probability, known for his work on MaxEnt interpretation, Bayesian theory and the Jaynes-Cummings model (JCM)
  • Julian Jaynes (1920-1997), American psychologist, best known for his book The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976)
  • Betty Faith Jaynes (1945-2014), American basketball coach
  • Major-General Lawrence Carmel Jaynes (1891-1977), American Special Assistant to Chief of Staff US Army (1950-1953)
  • Dwight Jaynes, American sports journalist
  • ...

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    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    The Jaynes Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Jaynes 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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