Origins Available: English
Jennet is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name John or Joan.
The surname Jennet 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 Jennet family
The surname Jennet 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 Jennet family
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Jennet Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Jennet has undergone many spelling variations
, including Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Jennet family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jennet family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Jennet were among those contributors:
Jennet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Andrew Jennet, who settled in Virginia sometime between 1665 and 1666
- John Jennet, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1682
- John Jennet, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
- John Jennet, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1682
Jennet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Bridget Jennet, who settled in New York in 1832
- Jacob Jennet, who settled in New York in 1852