Show ContentsJoyner History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished surname Joyner was first brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is derived from the Old French "engigneor" or "enginior," meaning "engineer, maker of military machines." During the 12th century, the term "ingeniator" was used to refer to men who worked as both master-mason and architect. [1]

The Joyner variant is "an occupative term came into use somewhat later than carpenter." [2] Waldinus Ingeniator (the engineer) occurs in the Domesday Book of Lincolnshire, as a tenant in chief. [3]

Early Origins of the Joyner family

The surname Joyner was first found in Yorkshire during the 12th century. The first recorded bearer of the name was Ailnoth Ingeniator, a military architect who served as surveyor of royal buildings in 1157. He supervised building operations at Windsor between 1166 and 1173, repaired Westminster Abbey after a fire, and headed the destruction of Framlingham and Walton Castles. [4]

Other early bearers of the name include Richard Lenginnur, recorded in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire between 1191 and 1197, and William Enginur, who was living in Suffolk in 1202. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list Hugh le Ginnur in Oxfordshire and William le Engynur in Suffolk. [2] William Joynier was Lord Mayor of London in 1239.

Records in Scotland are very scarce, but here the name is a "variant of Jenner, influenced by the occupative name 'joiner.' Alexander Joyner in Aberdeen, 1798. As far as the Jenner variant is concerned, the first on record here was Anneys la Gynnere del counte de Berewyk who rendered homage to King Edward I of England in 1296. "In 1392 there is reference to the tenement of Alan Gynowr in Edinburgh, Patrik Genour held lands in Inverness in 1452, umquhile Thomas Genor is referred to in 1492, Donald Jenor, 'legislator,' is mentioned in 1499, William Genour was tenant of the Casteltoun, Ardmanoch in 1504." [5]

Early History of the Joyner family

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Joyner Spelling Variations

The name, Joyner, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Jenner, Joyner, Joiner, Junor, Junior, Genner, Ginner, Genower and many more.

Early Notables of the Joyner family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name during their early history was David Jenner (died 1691), an English clergyman and controversialist, educated at Trinity College, Cambridge. "Afterwards he became a fellow of Sidney Sussex College, and took the degree of M.A. by royal mandate in 1662, and that of B.D., also by royal mandate, in 1668. He was installed in the prebend of Netherbury in the cathedral church of Salisbury 28 June 1676, and was instituted on 15 Oct. 1678 to the rectory of Great Warley, Essex, which he resigned in or about October 1687. He was likewise chaplain to the king. He...
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Joyner Ranking

In the United States, the name Joyner is the 831st most popular surname with an estimated 34,818 people with that name. [6]

United States Joyner migration to the United States +

The New World beckoned settlers from the Scottish-English borders. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Among the early settlers bearing the Joyner surname who came to North America were:

Joyner Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jesope Joyner, aged 22, who landed in New England in 1635 [7]
  • Ambrose Joyner, who landed in Virginia in 1637 [7]
  • Raphaell Joyner, who arrived in Virginia in 1639 [7]
  • Robert Joyner, who landed in Maryland in 1651 [7]
  • Edmond Joyner, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [7]
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Joyner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Joyner, who landed in Mississippi in 1798 [7]
Joyner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Joyner, who landed in Texas in 1835 [7]

Australia Joyner migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Joyner Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Henry Joyner, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Adelaide" on August 08, 1849, settling in Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia [8]

West Indies Joyner migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Joyner Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. John Joyner, (b. 1610), aged 25, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [10]
  • Mr. Thomas Joyner, (b. 1619), aged 16, British settler travelling aboard the ship "The Dorset" arriving in Barbados in September 1635 [11]

Contemporary Notables of the name Joyner (post 1700) +

  • Simon Joyner (b. 1971), American singer-songwriter
  • Andrew Jackson "Jack" Joyner (1861-1943), American Thoroughbred horse racing Hall of Fame trainer
  • Alfredrick Alphonzo Joyner (b. 1960), American former athlete
  • Mario Joyner (b. 1961), American stand-up comedian
  • Lisa Marie Joyner (b. 1966), American entertainment reporter and television host
  • Joyzelle Joyner (1905-1980), American actress and dancer
  • Jacqueline "Jackie" Joyner (b. 1962), retired American athlete
  • Thomas "Tom" Joyner (b. 1949), American radio host
  • Edward Joyner, American college basketball coach
  • J. Curtis Joyner (b. 1948), United States federal judge
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Suggested Readings for the name Joyner +

  • Joiner-Joyner by Ransey Joiner.
  • A Joyner in Every Corner by Walter Joe Moore.

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  6. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  7. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 17) Adelaide voyage to Van Diemen's Land and Port Phillip, Australia in 1849 with 303 passengers. Retrieved from
  10. Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's. Retrieved 23rd September 2021 from
  11. Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 29th September 2021. Retrieved from on Facebook