Jernegan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Jernegan is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Jernegan family lived in Norfolk.

Early Origins of the Jernegan family

The surname Jernegan was first found in Norfolk, where one of the first records of the name appeared as a forename: Jernegan Fitz-Hugh who was listed there in 1180. The surname was probably derived as someone who was "the son of Gernegan." Jernegan was anciently a Christian name that appeared in quite a few records. "The first that I meet with of this family was called Hugh, without any other addition, whose son was named Jernegan Fitz-Hugh, or the son of Hugh; he is mentioned in the Castle-Acre priory register, and he died about 1182." The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list William Gernegon in Norfolk and Walter Gernegan in Suffolk. [1] The Jernegan spelling was used by Lord Stafford's ancestors until the 16th century when the name was changed to Jerningham. His successors took the baptismal name Jernegan as their surname. [2]

Important Dates for the Jernegan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jernegan research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1222, 1550 and 1762 are included under the topic Early Jernegan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jernegan Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jernegan include Jernegan, Jerningham, Jernygham, Jernigan, Jenningham, Jenningan and many more.

Early Notables of the Jernegan family (pre 1700)

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Jernegan migration to the United States

In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Jernegans to arrive on North American shores:

Jernegan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jenny Jernegan to San Francisco in 1875
  • Jennie B Jernegan, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1875 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jernegan (post 1700)

  • Charlton Jernegan, prominent American educator
  • John Durnford Jernegan (1911-1981), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Iraq, 1958-62; Algeria, 1965-67 [4]
  • Prescott F Jernegan, author of the national song of the Philippines

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Citations

  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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