name Jem comes from the baptismal name John or Joan.
The surname Jem referred to the son of John or Joan
which belongs to the category of patronymic
or metronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and matronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Jem family
The surname Jem was first found in Sussex
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Jem family
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Jem Spelling Variations
Before the last few hundred
years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations
are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon
surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jem were recorded, including Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Jem family (pre 1700)
Migration of the Jem family to the New World and Oceana
To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Jem family emigrate to North America: John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.