The rich and ancient history of the Jonnott family name dates back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It comes from the baptismal name John or Joan.
The surname Jonnott 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 Jonnott family
The surname Jonnott 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 Jonnott family
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Jonnott Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Jonnott have been found, including Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Jonnott family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jonnott family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Among the first immigrants of the name Jonnott, or a variant listed above to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were : John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.