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The Jeanes surname is a patronymic name created from the personal name Jan, which was a Middle English variant of the name John, or as "son of Jan." 1

Early Origins of the Jeanes family

The surname Jeanes was first found 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. 2

Kirby's Quest listed Robert Janes and William Janes, both in Somerset temp. 1 Edward III. 3

Jane or Johanna (d. 1445), Queen of Scotland, "was the daughter of John Beaufort, earl of Somerset. Her mother was Margaret, daughter of Thomas Holland, second earl of Kent, and niece of Richard II, who became after her first husband's death Duchess of Clarence. James I, King of Scotland, when a prisoner at Windsor, saw her walking in the garden of the castle, fell in love at first sight, and wrote the story of his love in the 'Kingis Quair.' The marriage, which suited the English rulers, and was made one of the conditions of his release, took place at St. Mary Overy Church in Southwark on 12 Feb. 1424. " 4

Early History of the Jeanes family

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Jeanes Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jeanes were recorded, including Janes, Jans, J'Anes, Jeanne, Jeynes, Jayne, Jane and many more.

Early Notables of the Jeanes family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • Henry Jeanes (1611-1662), was an English clergyman and Puritan controversialist. He was the son of Christopher Jeanes of Kingston in Somerset, was born at Allansay in the same county in 1611. 4

United States Jeanes migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Jeanes arrived in North America very early:

Jeanes Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Jeanes, aged 30, who landed in New York in 1719 5

Australia Jeanes migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jeanes Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James Jeanes (aged 25), a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Isaac Jeanes, aged 48, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Jacob Jeanes, aged 10, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • George Jeanes, aged 22, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"
  • Mr. James Jeanes, (b. 1831), aged 25, English miner from Timsbury, Somerset, England, UKtravelling from Plymouth, Devon, UK aboard the ship "Aliquis" arriving in Adelaide, Australia on 26th August 1856 6
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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeanes (post 1700) +

  • Ernest Lee "Tex" Jeanes (1900-1973), American Major League Baseball outfielder who played for five seasons for the Cleveland Indians (1921-1922), Washington Senators (1925-1926) and New York Giants (1927)
  • Anna T. Jeanes (1822-1907), American philanthropist in Philadelphia, founder of the Jeanes Foundation (also known as the Negro Rural School Fund) in 1907
  • Allene Rosalind Jeanes (1906-1995), American multiple award winning chemical researcher whose studies focused on carbohydrates and the development of Dextran, a substance that replaced plasma in the Korean War
  • Horace David Jeanes (b. 1943), English former rugby union, and professional Rugby League World Cup winning footballer from Skipton
  • Susan Barbara Jeanes (b. 1958), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Kingston (1996-1998)

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  5. 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)
  6. The Ships List Passenger Lists Ship Aliquis (Retrieved 26th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook