It could reasonably be argued that this is the most famous name and surname of the Christian World. It was recorded from the 12th century a.d. onwards in every European country, and in a vast range of spellings, of which there are believed to be over fourteen hundred in total. These range from the base forms such as Jon or John (England & Wales), Evan (Wales), Ian (Scotland), Shane (Ireland), Ivan (Russia) and Jean (France), to the Italian Giovanni, Zanni and Zoane, the Polish Janus, the Czeck Jan, Janak and Jansky, to the diminutives Jenkin, Jeannet, Nannini, Zanicchi, and Gianuzzi, the patronymics Johnson, Joynson, Jenson, Jocie, Ivanshintsev, and Ivashechkin. However spelt, all have derived from the biblical Hebrew "Yochanan", which translates as " He who Jehovah has favoured (with a son)". The name became particularly popular after the 12th century when returning Crusaders from the Holy Land often called their children by biblical names in commemoration of the fathers pilgrimage, these then in turn developed into surnames. The earliest recordings of surnames are to be found in Britain and amongst these is Thomas John in the "Hundred Rolls" of the county of Buckinghamshire for the year 1279, and Arnold Johan in the 1280 "Letter Book" register for the city of London. In Germany Walterus filius Johannis appears in the 1323 charters of the town of Vaihingen, whilst the 1344 charters of the city of Friedberg record Baumeister Johannssen. The first recorded spelling of the surname in any spelling is believed to be that of Pertus Johannis, which was dated 1230 a.d.. This is in the charters known as the "Close Rolls" of the county of Suffolk", during the reign of King Henry 111 of England,1216 to 1272.

Surnames reference. 2013.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Janas — Paweł Janas Spielerinformationen Voller Name Paweł Janas Geburtstag 4. März 1953 Geburtsort Pabianice, Polen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Janas — astronomical name a planet situated above Maharloka. It is obtained by the naiṣṭhika brahmacārīs, those who accept a life long vow of celibacy (unlike the upakurvāṇa brahmacārīs who enter the gṛhastha āśrama after completing their studies). At… …   The Bhaktivedanta encyclopedia

  • jánas — जनस् …   Indonesian dictionary

  • Janas Hotel — (Вилласимиус,Италия) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: Via Costante Mameli 36 …   Каталог отелей

  • Janas Hotel — (Иглесиас,Италия) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: Corso Colombo 72, 09016 Иглесиас, Ита …   Каталог отелей

  • Janas De Mar — (Альгеро,Италия) Категория отеля: Адрес: Via Costa 1, 07041 Альгеро, Италия …   Каталог отелей

  • Janas Country Resort — (Mores,Италия) Категория отеля: 3 звездочный отель Адрес: Strada Provinciale 63 …   Каталог отелей

  • Janas Majenas — Sp Jãnas Mãjenas Ap Jan Mayen L s. Grenlandijos j., Norvegija …   Pasaulio vietovardžiai. Internetinė duomenų bazė

  • Na pohybel janas — Cette phrase, qui signifierait « Mort à Janas » en polonais, est subitement arrivée en tête des recherches de Google dans plusieurs pays au début de l année 2011. D après Frank Watson, qui est un journaliste et un expert dans les… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Paweł Janas — ( [ˈpavɛw ˈjanas] (born March 4, 1953 in Pabianice), is a football manager and former footballer of Polish nationality.He began his playing career for the Włókniarz Pabianice team in 1965, but later left the club in 1973. From 1976 to 1984, he… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.