Jemmet History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jemmet surname finds its earliest origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name is derived from the baptismal name John or Joan. The surname Jemmet 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, sunu and sune, 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 or son 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 Jemmet family

The surname Jemmet was first found in Yorkshire where Willelmus filius Jonet was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of 1297. A few years later, again in Yorkshire Jonot (surname only) was listed in 1308 and later again, Robert and Simon Janot were listed in the Subsidy Rolls for Sussex in 1327. [1]

Early History of the Jemmet family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jemmet research. Another 67 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1356, 1596, 1678, 1596, 1661, 1649 and 1650 are included under the topic Early Jemmet History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jemmet Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Jemmet are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Jemmet include: Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.

Early Notables of the Jemmet family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include William Jemmat (1596?-1678), English Puritan divine, born about 1596, and a "descendant of a well-to-do family settled at Reading, Berkshire, was, according to Wood, the son of a former mayor of the town. No Jemmat, however, appears as mayor...
Another 47 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jemmet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Jemmet family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Jemmet or a variant listed above: John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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