The history of the Jenssen family began in the historic kingdom of Schleswig, which is the northernmost state in western Germany
. German surnames developed at a time when most of Schleswig, and most of the German provinces, were states of the Holy Roman Empire
. At first people used only a single name, but as the population grew and people began to travel, they began to find it necessary to take on an additional name to differentiate themselves. Fairly general principles guided the development of hereditary surnames
in Schleswig. Two of the common types of family names found in the Schleswig are patronymic
surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The surname Jenssen derived from the personal names Jen, Jan, and Jon, which are all forms of the name John. The name John is originally derived from the Hebrew personal name
Johanan, which literally means "Jehovah has favored."
Early Origins of the Jenssen family
The surname Jenssen was first found in Holstein, where this family made important contributions toward the development of this district from ancient times. Always prominent in social and political affairs, the family formed alliances with other families within the Feudal
System and the nation. Although branches of this family are to be found in the Netherlands
and Denmark, German branches were distinct and had their own history from early on.
Early History of the Jenssen family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jenssen research.Another 228 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1783, 1813, 1829, 1837, 1860, 1875, 1878, 1880, and 1891 are included under the topic Early Jenssen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jenssen Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Jansen, Janssen, Jannsen, Jannssen, Janson, Jansson, Jansens, Janssens, Jannssens, Janzen, Jantzen, Janz, Jantz, Jans, Jaenz, Jaentz, Jaens, Jenz, Jentz, Jens, Jensen, Jenssen, Jensson, Jenzen and many more.
Early Notables of the Jenssen family (pre 1700)
Notables of the time included August Philipp Alexander Janson, a major and head of the 3rd Cuirassier regiment of the Prussian army, who received a title of nobility in 1829 in reward for his loyalty and... Another 36 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jenssen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jenssen family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Maria Jans, who sailed to New York in 1660; Conrad Jansen, who settled in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1709; Wilhelm Jans, who settled in New York in 1738, at the age of 24.