The name Jernyn is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person of German
descent, or a person who was associated with that country through trade or other means. Another derivation of the name suggests that it derives from the Old French given name Germain.
This name was borne by a popular French saint from the 5th century, and also meant of the same stock,
or related to.
Jernyn is a classic example of an polygenetic surname,
which is a surname that was developed in a number of different locations and adopted by various families independently.
Early Origins of the Jernyn family
The surname Jernyn was first found in Essex
where they had been granted lands after the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Jernyn family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jernyn research.Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1086, 1250, 1248, 1279, 1318, 1402, 1377, 1397, 1650 and 1718 are included under the topic Early Jernyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jernyn Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled German, Germans, Jermain, Jarman and others.
Early Notables of the Jernyn family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jernyn family to Ireland
Some of the Jernyn family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 41 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jernyn family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Jernyn or a variant listed above: Thomas German who landed in Maryland in 1654; John German settled in Pennsylvania, with his wife Margaret, and two daughters, in 1683; Thomas German settled in Maryland in 1660.