Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the baptismal name John or Joan. The surname Jennett 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 Jennett family
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 Jennett family
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Jennett Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Jennett have been found, including Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Jennett family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jennett family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Jennetts to arrive on North American shores:
Jennett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Jennett Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Jennett Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Jennett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Jennett (post 1700)
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