Jennette History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient Anglo-Saxon surname Jennette came from the baptismal name John or Joan. The surname Jennette 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 Jennette family

The surname Jennette 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 Jennette family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jennette 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 Jennette History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jennette Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jennette family name include Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.

Early Notables of the Jennette 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 Jennette Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jennette Ranking

In the United States, the name Jennette is the 9,954th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Migration of the Jennette family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Jennette surname or a spelling variation of the name include: John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.


Contemporary Notables of the name Jennette (post 1700) +

  • Jennette McCurdy (b. 1992), American actress
  • Jennette R. Winkelmann, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Austin, Indiana, 1914-21, 1933-42 (acting, 1933-34) [3]


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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