This surname of JENNY is the Cornish form of GUENEVERE or GUINEVERE. The Welsh form is GWENHWYFAR meaning 'fair or white' and 'smooth and yielding'. The name was shortened in Wales to such forms as GAENOR, GAYNOR and GUENOR, and were also used in England. In Scotland the name became VANORA, and in Cornwall JENNIFER or JENIFER. Early records of the name mention Rannulf filius GAIMAR who was recorded in the year 1193 in County Norfolk and Peter GAUNOR, was documented in the year 1219 in the County of Essex. Edwin GAYNOR of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Surnames before the Norman Conquest of 1066 were rare in England having been brought by the Normans when William the Conqueror invaded the shores. The practice spread to Scotland and Ireland by the 12th century, and in Wales they appeared as late as the 16th century. Most surnames can be traced to one of four sources, locational, from the occupation of the original bearer, nicknames or simply font names based on the first name of the parent being given as the second name to their child. The lion depicted in the arms is the noblest of all wild beasts which is made to be the emblem of strength and valour, and is on that account the most frequently borne in Coat-Armour. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France.
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