The history of the name Jonotson begins with the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name John or Joan.
The surname Jonotson 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 Jonotson family
The surname Jonotson 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 Jonotson family
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Jonotson Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Jonotson has been recorded under many different variations, including Jennet, Jennett, Jonnott, Jonnot, Jonnotson and others.
Early Notables of the Jonotson family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jonotson family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jonotson or a variant listed above: John Jennet settled in Pennsylvania in 1682; Peter Jennett arrived in Maryland in 1776.