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Where did the English Joynt family come from? What is the English Joynt family crest and coat of arms? When did the Joynt family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Joynt family history?

The distinguished surname Joynt 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]

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Although the name, Joynt, appeared in many references, from time to time, the surname was shown with the spellings Jenner, Joyner, Joiner, Junor, Junior, Genner, Ginner, Genower and many more.

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. [2] 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. [3]


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Joynt research. Another 317 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1296, 1452, 1750, 1691, 1637 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Joynt History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of cholera, typhoid, dysentery or small pox. In North America, some of the first immigrants who could be considered kinsmen of the Joynt family name Joynt, or who bore a variation of the surname were

Joynt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Thomas P. Joynt, aged 45, who landed in America, in 1894

Joynt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Mary Joynt, aged 17, who landed in America from Ballycastle, in 1902
  • William Joynt, aged 30, who emigrated to the United States from Liverpool, in 1903
  • Charles A. Joynt, aged 44, who settled in America from Cork, in 1903
  • Charles A. Joynt, aged 49, who landed in America from Belfast, in 1905
  • Lily Joynt, who landed in America, in 1906


Joynt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Christopher Joynt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1841
  • John and his wife Johanna Joynt, who emigrated from Limerick, Ireland to Quebec City, Canada in 1850
  • Robert Joynt (1817-1894), who emigrated from County Mayo, Ireland to Lambton, Ontario, Canada c. in 1870s

Joynt Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century


  • John Joynt, aged 51, who emigrated to Lucknow, Canada, in 1908

Joynt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Catherine Joynt, aged 19, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
  • Mary Joynt, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Aliquis"

Joynt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Isabella Joynt, aged 23, a dressmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Sarah Joynt, aged 21, a dressmaker, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884

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  • R. J. Joynt, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Iowa convention to ratify 21st amendment from Plymouth County, 1933; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1948
  • John W. Joynt (b. 1899), American Democrat politician, Circuit Judge in Missouri 8th Circuit, 1935-40; Member of Missouri State Senate 2nd District, 1955-66; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Missouri, 1956
  • Paul Joynt (1954-2001), American actor, known for his roles in One Life to Live (1968) and Torch Song Trilogy (1988)
  • Chris Joynt (b. 1971), English rugby league player
  • Robert L. Joynt (1845-1898), Canadian merchant and Conservative politician in Ontario who represented Grenville in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1898 to 1904
  • Rachel Joynt (b. 1966), Irish sculptor from County Kerry
  • William Donovan Joynt VC (1887-1986), Australian Army lieutenant, recipient of the Victoria Cross, for deeds during the First World War


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  1. ^ Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges, A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8)
  2. ^ Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  4. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  10. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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The Joynt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Joynt Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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