The origins of the name Jonnot are with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. The name is derived from the baptismal name John or Joan.
The surname Jonnot referred to the son of John or Joan
which belongs to the category of patronymic
or metronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms and matronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest
which meant son,
were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius,
which meant son.
By the 14th century, the suffix son
had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius
were more common in the north of England
and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.
Early Origins of the Jonnot family
The surname Jonnot was first found in Sussex
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 Jonnot family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jonnot research.Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 135 and 1356 are included under the topic Early Jonnot History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jonnot 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. Jonnot has been spelled many different ways, including Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Jonnot family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jonnot family to the New World and Oceana
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 Jonnots to arrive in North America: John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.