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My surname Jennings is derived from a Norman French diminutive of the male name Jean, in a similar way to Johnny and John.

My father's Jennings family line were from the village of Sproughton, near Ipswich Suffolk. So far I have traced them back to Henry Jennings who was born in 1771 and who married Anne Plumb.

However, at one stage a Thomas Jennings from Suffolk married a Mary Ann Jennings from Great Bentley, Essex, about 27 miles away by road.

I have traced her ancestors back to William Jennings (born 1764) and his wife Elizabeth Inman in Gt. Bentley.

Maybe I should be called Pete Jennings-Jennings?

Most of my ancestors are ordinary farm labourers and the like, but James Jennings and his wife were running the Three Jolly Sailors pub in Handford Rd., Ipswich around 1871.


The name Howe is derived from the geographic feature: someone who lived by a small hill or a man-made mound or barrow, (Middle English how)

My Mother's Howe family originated in Bury St. Edmunds Suffolk, and over several centuries arrived in Ipswich, about 26 miles away.

The earliest Howe ancestor traced so far is Edmund How of Bury St. Edmunds, who was born in about 1670.  He married Susan in about 1698.

Their descendants mainly lived in Thorpe Morieux, Suffolk as well as Cockfield, Preston St Mary and Lavenham before settling in Ipswich.

My mother's brother Lesley Howe ran the Old Bell Inn at Stoke Bridge Ipswich and later his family ran the Gardeners Arms on Bishops Hill, Ipswich.


Mother's maternal line name was Lambert, from a very early German origin. As a surname it started life in the 12th century, but the derivation is from a pre 5th century personal name.

My earliest recorded ancestor of that line is William Lambert who was born 1768 in Grundisburgh, Suffolk, England.  He married Sarah Braeme of Ipswich on 29 Oct 1797 in Grundisburgh,Suffolk.

I am much indebted to my cousin Patricia in Canada who researched my mother's family, and gave the fruits of her lengthy research to me freely. Thankyou!


I obtained my DNA record for both patrilinear and matrilinear material. I am wholly European (i.e. no recent Asian, Native American etc) The results are:

Gt Britain 68%, Scandinavian 10%, Irish 6%, Italy 4%, West Europe 4%, Iberian Peninsula 4%, European Jewish 3%, East European 1%.

Quite a mix - we are all mongrels! As someone keen on Anglo Saxon and Viking history I am pleased about the top two, although will be the first to admit that the Scandinavian probably came via the

Normans (boo!) because that is the most likely derivation of my surname Jennings. The Normans occupied a part of Frankish France under Rollo from Norway and his Viking band in about 918.

I am proud to be such an eclectic mixture. No doubt my friends will now take great delight in reading into this whatever they like!



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