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The history of the name Jennings began when it was derived from The name Jennings is derived from the personal name John, or perhaps more accurately from several diminutions of the name John, such as Jan, Jon, or Jen. Patronymic surnames belong to the larger category of surnames, known as hereditary surnames, and they arose out of the vernacular and religious given name traditions. In the religious naming tradition, which was developed later than the vernacular tradition, surnames were bestowed in honor of religious figures or church officials. In Europe, the Christian Church was one of the most powerful influences on the formation of given names. Personal names derived from the names of saints, apostles, biblical figures, and missionaries are widespread in most European countries. In the Middle Ages, they became increasingly popular because people believed that the souls of the deceased continued to be involved in this world. They named their children after saints in the hope that the child would be blessed or protected by the saint. John, of course, is derived from John the Baptist, who was born in order to announce Christ's coming.

Jennings Early Origins



The surname Jennings was first found in Lancashire 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.

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Jennings Spelling Variations


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Jennings Spelling Variations



There are many spelling variations of Breton surnames, because the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find references to one individual with many different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. The name has been spelled Jennings, Jenings, Jennins, Jennyns, Jennens, Jennynge, Jennynges, Jenyns and many more.

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Jennings Early History


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Jennings Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jennings research. Another 497 words (36 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1332, 1508, 1731, 1819, 1450, 1523, 1499, 1509, 1567, 1591, 1570, 1660, 1619, 1668, 1642, 1668, 1660, 1717, 1710, 1717, 1636, 1693, 1663, 1740, 1745 and are included under the topic Early Jennings History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jennings Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jennings Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable of this family during the Middle Ages was Sir Stephen Jenyns (c.?1450-1523), English wool merchant from Wolverhampton who became Sheriff of London in 1499, before becoming Lord Mayor of London in 1509; Saint Edmund Gennings (1567-1591), an English Catholic martyr, who was executed during the English Reformation; John Gennings (c...

Another 132 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jennings Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jennings In Ireland


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Jennings In Ireland



Some of the Jennings 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Jennings arrived in North America very early:

Jennings Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Mary Jennings settled in Maryland 1633
  • Mary Jennings, who landed in Maryland in 1633
  • Nicholas Jennings, aged 22, landed in New England in 1634
  • Jon Jennings, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Richard Jennings, aged 35, landed in Bermuda in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jennings Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Jennings, who landed in Leeward Islands in 1703-1704

Jennings Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • George Jennings, who landed in New York in 1826
  • Charles Jennings, who arrived in New York in 1835
  • Joseph Jennings, who landed in New York in 1835
  • Edward Jennings, who landed in New York in 1838
  • Catherine Jennings, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jennings Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Christian Jennings, who landed in Pike County, Ind in 1900

Jennings Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benjamin Jennings, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Thomas Jennings U.E. (b. 1736) born in Sandwich, Massachusetts, USA who settled in Grand Lake, Queens County, New Brunswick c. 1784 he died in 1839 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Jennings Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Francis Jennings, aged 34, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool, England
  • Sarah Jennings, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "New Brunswick" from Liverpool, England
  • Mr. Austin Jennings, aged 45 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  • Mrs. Margaret Jennings, aged 40 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Jane Avery" departing from the port of Dublin, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle In July 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  • Miss. Mary Jennings, aged 12 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "George" departing from the port of Liverpool, England but died on Grosse Isle In June 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jennings Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jonathan Jennings, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  • James William Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • Martha Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hooghly" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm
  • John Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Poictiers" in 1848
  • William Jennings arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Santipore" in 1848
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Jennings Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Jennings, aged 32, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Jennings, aged 22, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Francis Jennings, aged 1, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • John Jennings, aged 1 month, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • William Jennings, aged 31, a labourer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Mary Ann" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jennings (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jennings (post 1700)



  • William T. Jennings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1960
  • William Sherman Jennings (1863-1920), American Democrat politician, Hernando County Judge, 1888; Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1893-96; Governor of Florida, 1901-05
  • William Pat Jennings (1919-1994), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia 9th District, 1955-67; Defeated, 1966
  • William C. Jennings, American Republican politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 6th District, 1958, 1960
  • William Bryan Jennings, American Democrat politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Harrison County; Elected 1936
  • William Jennings (1823-1886), American politician, Mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, 1882-85
  • William Jennings, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Arkansas 4th District, 1939
  • W. T. Jennings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Arkansas, 1928
  • W. Ronald Jennings, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Virgin Islands, 1994-95
  • W. H. Jennings, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1864
  • ... (Another 137 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Jennings Historic Events


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Jennings Historic Events




Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Donny Kerry Jennings (b. 1960), American Staff Sergeant from Clarksville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada
  • Mr. Todd Martice Jennings (b. 1965), New York, USA, American Specialist 4th Class from Yonkers, New York, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Halifax Explosion

  • Master Douglas R. Jennings (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. David Mathias Jennings (1916-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Walter H W Jennings (b. 1906), English Chief Petty Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Ryde, Isle of Wight, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. William Glynne Jennings, British Blacksmith 5th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Jennings


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Suggested Readings for the name Jennings



  • A Family History by Mildred King Whitten.

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Jennings Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HOOGHLY 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Hooghly.htm

Other References

  1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  5. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Jennings Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jennings Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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