Jen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jen family

The surname Jen was first found in Languedoc, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

Early History of the Jen family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jen research. Another 337 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1202, 1234, 1400, 1440, 1540, 1551, 1607, 1667, 1669, 1723, 1800, 1341, 1364, 1351, 1645, 1707 and 1800 are included under the topic Early Jen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jen Spelling Variations

There were a great number of spelling variations in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Saint Jean, Jean, Geon, Jeans, Jeane, Geans, Gen, Le Jean, Des Jeans, De La Geon, Saint-Jon, Saint-Geans and many more.

Early Notables of the Jen family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Jean, or Jehan de Beaumanoir, Marshal of Brittany for Charles of Blois, and Captain of Josselin, is remembered for his share in the famous Combat of the Thirty during the War of Breton Succession (1341-1364); Sir...
Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Jen family

France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Jen has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jen were Peter Gustavus Saint Jean settled in Philadelphia in 1848; Jean Antoine Jean settled in Louisiana in 1752; Pierre Armin Jean settled in Philadelphia in 1753.

Contemporary Notables of the name Jen (post 1700)

  • Jen Cassetty (b. 1974), American female fitness figure competitor formerly with the IFBB Fitness Organization
  • Jen Drohan, American actress from New York City
  • Jen Hendershott (b. 1971), American fitness competitor and former school teacher, winner of the 2005 Fitness International and 2005 Fitness Olympia events
  • Jen Ponton, American actress, known for her work on The Weirdos Next Door (2014), Free the Nipple (2014) and Jack & Diane (2012)
  • Jen Tullock, American writer, comedian, and award-winning voice actor
  • Jen Banbury, American playwright, author and journalist who studied at Yale University and was a member of Manuscript Society
  • Jen Stills, American singer and songwriter, daughter of Stephen Stills
  • Jen McClanaghan, American poet, winner of the 2009 Georgetown Review Prize
  • Jen Lilley, American actress
  • Jen Heck, American writer, director, and producer
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