Joanne History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Joanne is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal name forJoan, which was the female version of the personal name John. [1]

Joan, Joanna, Jone or Jane (1165-1199), was "Queen of Sicily and Countess of Toulouse, the third daughter and seventh child of Henry II, king of England, and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine. Born at Angers in October 1165, she was brought up in the abbey of Fontevraud. In 1168 Henry offered her hand, without result, to the king of Aragon or the king of Navarre. Next year he betrothed her to William II, or the Good, king of Sicily. The betrothal seems to have been broken off, for in 1172 William, who was ten years older than Joanna, proposed to marry a daughter of the eastern emperor, Manuel Comnenos." [2]

Joan, Joanna, Anna or Janet (d. 1237), was "Princess of North Wales, is described in the ‘Tewkesbury Annals’ as a daughter of John, King of England, ‘and Queen Clemencia,’ words which may possibly represent John's first wife, Isabel of Gloucester. " [2]

Early Origins of the Joanne family

The surname Joanne was first found in Worcestershire 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.

Early History of the Joanne family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Joanne research. Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Joanne History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Joanne Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Joanne has been spelled many different ways, including Joanes, Joans and others.

Early Notables of the Joanne family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Joanne family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Joannes to arrive in North America: Thomas Joanes, who settled in New England in 1637; along with Richard in 1635; another Richard Joanes settled in Massachusetts in 1635; Elizabeth Joanes settled in Virginia in 1637.


Contemporary Notables of the name Joanne (post 1700) +

  • Dawn Joanne Langstroth (b. 1979), Canadian singer, songwriter and painter from Toronto, daughter of singer Anne Murray and former CBC television producer Bill Langstroth, known for his work on Singalong Jubilee (1961-1974)
  • Miss Jacqueline Joanne Birkhead R.V.M., British Senior Stud Hand for Royal Studs in Sandringham was appointed the Royal Victorian Medal (Silver) on 17th June 2017
  • Miss Voirrey Joanne Heaton M.B.E., British Equality and Human Rights Advisor for NHS Wales, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Equality and Patient Rights in the NHS [3]
  • Sally JoAnne Menke (1953-2010), American film and television editor who had a long-time collaboration with director Quentin Tarantino
  • Jennifer Joanne Metcalfe (b. 1983), English actress, best known for her role in the cast of soap opera Hollyoaks
  • Natalie Joanne Roles (b. 1968), English actress best known for her role as Debbie McAllister in the ITV drama The Bill
  • Dame Sarah Joanne Storey DBE (b. 1977), British multiple gold medal winner at the Paralympic Games
  • Kristen Joanne Caverly (b. 1984), American silver medalist competitive swimmer at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • Annette Joanne Funicello (1942-2013), American actress and singer, one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club
  • Eleanor Joanne Daley (b. 1955), Canadian composer


  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. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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