The Jennans surname has long been associated with Wales
. This surname comes from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The surname Jennans also features the diminutive suffix -kin, which is commonly held to have been brought to Britain from the Netherlands
as early as the 12th century, when it is found as a component of the surnames of some Flemish
settlers. Generally, the Jenkin variant of this name came from the Devon- Cornwall
Early Origins of the Jennans family
The surname Jennans was first found in Monmouthshire
(Welsh: Sir Fynwy), 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 Jennans family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jennans research.Another 161 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1460, 1625, 1685, 1582, 1663, 1722 and 1798 are included under the topic Early Jennans History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jennans Spelling Variations
Although there are comparatively few Welsh
surnames, they have a great many spelling variations
. Variations of Welsh
names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh
society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic
language of Wales
, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations
were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations
of the name Jennans have included Jenkins, Jenkin, Jankins, Jenkynn, Jenkynns, Jenkyns, Jinkines, Jinkins, Jenkens, Junkin, Junkins and many more.
Early Notables of the Jennans family (pre 1700)
Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Sir Leoline Jenkins (1625-1685), Welsh
lawyer, academic, jurist and politician, Judge of the Admiralty; David Jenkins... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jennans Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jennans family to Ireland
Some of the Jennans family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 121 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jennans family to the New World and Oceana
Many people from Wales
joined the general migration to North America in the 19th and 20th centuries, searching for land, work, and freedom. Like the many other immigrants from the British Isles, they made a significant contribution to the development of Canada and the United States. The Welsh
and their descendents added a rich cultural tradition to the newly developed towns, cities, and villages. An investigation of the immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Jennans: Alexander, Oliver, Joanne, and William Jinkins, who all came to Virginia in 1624; Walter Jenkyns, who settled in Virginia in 1635; Edmund Jenkins, who arrived in Virginia in 1635.