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Origins of the Jennings surname

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What does the name Jennings mean?

The Jennings surname is English. It has a patronymic origin, and is believed to be Anglo-Norman. It was given to those who were the son or descendant of a person named 'Janin', a medieval diminutive or pet form of 'John' or 'Jehan'.

Alternative variations of the name Jennings

Jennings, Jenings, Jenning, Jelling, Jellings

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Where do most Jenningses live?

In 1921, most Jenningses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Jenningses

How common is your surname?

261st most common surname in the UK

We have 152,000 records for the Jennings surname. The oldest one dates back to .

Who were Jenningses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Jennings first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Jenningses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Jenningses in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Living On Own Means


Common Male occupations for Jenningses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer




Farm Labourer


Coal Miner


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