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1) Jansen - Sittard (Limbourg) - D'argent à une fasce d'azur supportant un oiseau de sable tenant en son bec un trèfle du même la fasce acc en pointe de trois autres trèfles de sable 2 et 1. English: Argent with a fess azure supporting a bird sable holding in its beak a trefoil of the same the fess accompanied by in base by three other trefoils sable 2 and 1.
2) Jansen - Zwartsluis (P. d'Overyssel) - D'argent à deux fasces de gueules. English: Argent two bars gules.
3) Jansen - Sittard (Limbourg) - D'azur au chevron d'argent acc de trois boules du même Cimier une boule d'argent entre un vol du même. English: Azure a chevron argent between three plates. Crest: A ball argent between two wings of the same ???????
4) Jansen - Allemagne - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 d'or à un ours rampant de sable couronné d'or celui du 1 contourné aux 2 et 3 taillé de gueules sur argent à une étoile (8) de l'un en l'autre Casque couronné Cimier l'ours du 4 issant tenant de ses pattes une épée d'argent garnie d'or Lambrequin d'or et de sable. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th or with a bear rampant sable crowned or that of the 1st reversed 2nd and 3rd per bend sinister gules over argent with an etoile of 8 points counterchanged Crowned with a helmet Crest: the bear of the 4th issuant holding in its paws a sword argent hilt and pommell or Mantling: or and sable.
5) Jansen - Hollande - D'azur à trois fasces d'argent acc au canton dextre du chef d'une étoile d'or. English: Azure three bars argent accompanied by on a canton in dexter chief an etoile or.
6) Jansens - Palatinat - (Barons du St.-Empire, 4 oct. 1783) - Tiercé en fasce au 1 d'azur à une oie au naturel nageant dans un eau d'argent au 2 de gueules à deux épées d'argent garnies d'or passées en sautoir au 3 d'or à trois panaches de plumes de héron de sable mouv de la pointe les panaches disposées en éventail Deux casques couronnés Cimiers 1° l'oie du 1 entre deux bras armés au naturel les mains de carnation tenant chacun une épée 2° les panaches du 3 Lambrequin à dextre d'argent et d'azur à senestre d'or et de gueules Tenants à dextre un chevalier armé de toutes pièces la visière levée le casque panaché de gueules brandissant une épée à senestre un griffon d'or. English: Tierced [tripled] fesswise 1st azure with a goose proper naiant [swimming] in a river argent 2nd gules two swords argent hilt and pommell or placed saltirewise 3rd or three plumes of feather of heron sable coming from the base the plumes arranged in a fan shape Crowned with two helmets Crests: 1st the goose of the 1st between two arms armoured proper the hands carnation holding each a sword 2nd the plumes of the 3rd Mantling: to the dexter argent and azure to the sinister or and gules Supporters: to the dexter a knight armoured of all parts the visor raised the helmet plumed gules brandishing a sword to the sinister a griffin or.
7) Jansens - Barons de Ritter - Palatinat - (Barons, 4 oct. 1783) - Écartelé au 1 d'azur à une oie au naturel nageant dans une eau d'argent au 2 de gueules à deux épées d'argent garnies d'or passées en sautoir au 3 de gueules à un bras armé au naturel mouv du parti la main de carnation tenant une hallebarde d'argent houppée de gueules et d'or au 4 d'azur à un dragon à quatre pattes d'or ailé du même couronné aussi d'or Sur le tout d'azur à trois têtes de massue d'or à picotons d'argent Deux casques couronnés Cimiers 1° trois massues emmanchées d'or à picotons d'argent les têtes en haut disposées en éventail Lambrequin d'or et d'azur 2° l'oie du 1 entre deux bras armés au naturel les mains de carnation tenant chacun une épée Lambrequin d'argent et de gueules Tenants à dextre un chevalier armé de toutes pièces la visière levée le casque panaché de gueules brandissant une épée à senestre un dragon pareil à celui du 4. English: Quarterly 1st azure with a goose proper naiant [swimming] in a river argent 2nd gules two swords argent hilt and pommell or placed saltirewise 3rd gules with an arm armoured proper coming from the partition [pale] the hand carnation holding a halberd argent hooped [ringed] gules and or 4th azure with a wyvern four paws or winged of the same crowned also or overall azure three heads of a mace or with spikes argent Crowned with two helmets Crests: 1st three maces, handles or with spikes argent the heads upwards arranged in a fan shape Mantling: or and azure 2nd the goose of the 1st between two arms armoured proper the hand carnation holding each a sword Mantling: argent and gules Supporters: to the dexter a knight armed of all pieces the visor upright the helmet plumed gules brandishing a sword to the sinister a wyvern similar with that of the of the 4th.
8) Janson - Prusse - (An., 7 nov. 1838) - D'azur à une coupe d'or. English: Azure a cup or
9) Janson - (Marquis de) - Voir Forbin marquis de .. English: See Marquis de Forbin (D'or au chevron de gueules acc de trois têtes de léopard de sable Cimier un lion issant entre un vol Devise REGEM EGO COMITEM ME COMES REGEM???)
10) Janson - ou Jansson - Hollande - De gueules à trois maillets penchés d'or. English: Gules three mallet [big head small handle] bendwise [of mallets] or.
11) Janson - de Couet - Normandie - D'azur à trois têtes de serpent d'argent. English: Azure three heads of snakes argent.
12) Janson - de Joffrey - Beaujolais - D'argent à la fasce d'azur ch d'une étoile du champ et acc en chef d'une rose de gueules et en pointe d'une tour du même. English: Argent a fess azure charged with an etoile of the field and accompanied by in chief a rose gules and in base a tower of the same.
13) Janson - de Pontglan - Bretagne - D'argent à deux fasces de sable à la bordure du même. English: Argent two bars sable a bordure of the same.
14) Janson - von der Stockh - Bavière - (Rec. de nob., 16 mars 1813) - Écartelé aux 1 et 4 de gueules à un tronc d'arbre mouv du bas poussant une branche à senestre se relevant au-dessus du tronc au 2 d'azur à une aigle de profil essorante de sable au 3 d'azur à un tronc pareil à ceux des 1 et 4 portant une aigle de profil contournée de sable Deux casques couronnés Cimiers 1° une aigle de profil contournée de sable essorante le vol levé Lambrequin d'argent et d'azur 2° les meubles du 3 l'aigle tournée à dextre Lambrequin d'argent et de gueules. English: Quarterly 1st and 4th gules with a log of a tree coming from the base sprouting a branch to the sinister and rasied above the log 2nd azure with an eagle in profile soaring sable 3rd azure with a log similar to that of 1 and 4 carrying an eagle in profile reversed sable Crowned with two helmets Crests: 1st an eagle in profile reversed sable soaring the pair of wings upright Mantling: argent and azure 2nd the charges of the 3rd an eagle turned to the dexter Mantling: argent and gules.
15) Janssen - Maestricht - Conc. de nob. et du titre de baron 5 janvier 1910 - Coupé en chef de gueules au lion issant d'or tenant une étoile à six rais du même en pointe de sable à trois croissants d'argent Heaume couronné Cimier le lion de l'écu Pour les porteurs du titre couronne de baron Supports deux lions au naturel armés et lampassés de gueules Devise RECTITUDO. English: ?????
16) Janssen - Flandre - Parti au 1 de sable à trois chevrons d'or au franc-quartier de sable ch de trois étoiles d'or 2 et 1 au 2 d'argent au lion de sable armé et lampassé de gueules. English: Per pale 1st sable three chevrons or a canton sable charged with three etoiles or 2 and 1 2nd argent a lion sable armed and langued gules.
17) Janssen - Angleterre - (Baronet, 11 mars 1714. M. et. le 8 avril 1777) - Écartelé au 1 d'argent à deux faisceaux de roseaux de sinople posés et rangés en fasce au 2 coupé d'or sur azur l'or chargé de deux cygnes au naturel nageant sur le coupé au 3 coupé d'or sur azur l'or chargé d'un cygne au naturel nageant sur le coupé au 4 d'argent à un faisceau de roseaux de sinople posé en fasce Cimier un trèfle de sinople ou une quartefeuille tigée de sinople. English: Quarterly 1st argent two bundles of reeds vert placed and arranged fesswise 2nd per fess or over azure the or charged with two swans proper naiant [swimming] over the partition 3rd per fess or over azure the or charged with a swan proper naiant [swimming] over the partition 4th argent with a bundle of reeds vert placed fesswise Crest: an trefoil vert (alternatively) an quatrefoil stemmed vert.
18) Janssens - Hollande - (An., 24 nov. 1816) - Parti au 1 d'azur à une rose d'argent cantonnée de quatre fleurs-de-lis d'or les têtes dirigées vers l'abîme au 2 d'argent au lion d'azur lampassé de gueules Bourlet d'azur Cimier un sauvage issant de carnation tenant une masse à picotons Lambrequin d'argent et d'azur. English: Per pale 1st azure with a rose argent having in each quarter four fleur de lys or the heads directed towards the centre of the shield 2nd argent a lion azure langued gules wreath on the helmet azure Crest: a savage issuant from carnation holding an club with spikes Mantling: argent and azure.
19) Janssens - P. de Waes - Parti au 1 d'or à trois trèfles de sinople au 2 de gueules à quatre chevrons d'argent. English: Per pale 1st or three trefoils vert 2nd gules four chevrons argent.
20) Janssens - Paris - (Comte romain, 8 juin 1886) - D'or à trois pals d'azur au chef du même ch d'une croisette accostée de deux glands tigés et feuillés les tiges en haut le tout d'or le gland dextre posé en barre et le gland senestre en bande Cimier une croisette d'or entre un vol à l'antique d'azur et d'or Supports deux lions d'or celui de senestre la queue fourchée qui est de Brabant Devise VIS IN CAPITE EST. English: Or three palets azure a chief of the same charged with a crosslet having to the sides two acorns stemmed and leaved the stem upwards all or the acorn dexter placed bendwise sinister and the acorn sinister bendwise Crest: a crosslet or between a pair of wings ancient azure and or Supporters two lion or that of the sinister the tail forked which is for Brabant Motto: VIS IN CAPITE EST.
21) Janssens - Gand - (An., 20 mai 1871) - D'or à trois arbres arrachés de sinople Cimier un arbre de sinople. English: Or three trees eradicated vert Crest: a tree vert.
22) Janssens - Anvers - (An., 13 juillet 1685) - Coupé au 1 de gueules à trois soucis d'or rangés en fasce au 2 d'argent à deux arbres de sinople Casque couronné Cimier un vol d'or et de gueules Lambrequin d'or et de gueules. English: Per fess 1st gules three marigolds or arranged fesswise 2nd argent two trees vert Crowned with a helmet Crest: a pair of wings or and gules Mantling: or and gules.
23) Janssens - Anvers, Rotterdam - D'azur semé de fleurs-de-lis d'or à la bordure du même. English: Azure semy of fleur de lys or a bordure of the same.
24) Janssens - Flandre - D'argent à un écusson d'azur en abîme et un franc-quartier d'or ch d'un lion de sable. English: Argent with an escucheon azure in fess point and a canton or charged with a lion sable.
25) Janssens - d'Alckmaer - Brabant - D'azur à la bande d'or. English: Azure a bend or.
26) Janssens - de Bisthoven - Flandre - (An., 10 déc. 1688) - Les armes de Bisthoven qui sont d'or à trois arbres de sinople Cimier un arbre de sinople. English: The coat of arms of Bisthoven which are or three trees vert Crest: a tree vert.
27) Jansson - - D'azur à une coupe d'or. English: Azure a cup or.

Origin, Meaning, Family History and Jansen Coat of Arms and Family Crest

This popular surname is a patronymic or baptismal form of the personal (first) name Jan, a vernacular form of Johannes or John, John being an old biblical name meaning the gracious gift of Jehovah. The name is considered Danish, Norwegian, North German, Dutch, Flemish, and Swedish. It is the continental equivalent of the English last name Johnson. One source claims the name originated in Schleswig, Germany, which was once a Duchy from 1058-1866, and is considered to be the homeland of the Jute tribe, a Germanic people who were a powerful group during the Nordic Iron Age (starting in 600s BC). It is surely one of the most widespread surnames in Europe, partially because many Crusaders and Knights, returning from the Holy Land during the Middle Ages, often gave their children biblical names.

There are numerous spelling variants of this last name: Janson, Janssen, Janssens, Jansson, Jahnsen, Jannsen, Jaunsen, Jeansen, Janseen, Janisen, and Jensen.

I have identified three documented Jansen/Janson family mottos:
1) REGEM EGO COMITEM ME COMES REGEM – “you made me a Count, I will make you a King”
2) RECTITUDO – “Straightness” or “Correctness” or “Rectitude”
3) VIS IN CAPITE EST – “The strength is inside the head”

This surname ranks 2,073rd in the United States as of the 2000 Census. In the Netherlands, the name ranks first! It ranks high in the following nations as well: Germany (69th), South Africa (45th), Belgium (57th), Norway (141st), and Denmark (373rd). The spelling variant Janssens is the second most common surname in the country of Belgium. In the United States, the name ranks particularly high in the following seven states: Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

Some notable or famous individuals who bore this popular northern European surname include: 1) Peter Jansen (1852-1923) who was a sheep rancher who became a state representative and senator in the state of Nebraska, 2) Cornelius Jansen (1510-1576) who was the first Bishop of Ghent, 3) Hermann Jansen (1869-1945) who was a German university teacher, urban planner, and architect, 4) Cornelius Jansen (1585-1683) who was a Dutch Catholic Bishop of Ypres in Flander who was the father of Jansenism, a new religious/theological movement that emphasized origin sun, human depravity, and predestination, 5) Karl Emanuel Jansson (1846-1874) who was a Swedish-Finnuish painter who specialized in genre scenes (scenes from everyday life).

This family name was present in colonial America from early times, with many bearers being present in New Netherlands (later renamed New York once control of the colony passed from the Dutch Republic to Great Britain), including: Lorenz Jansen (1605), Michael Jansen (1609), Roeloff Jansen (1630), Gerhart Jansen (1632), and Lyntje Jansen (1633(). In the following century, many bearers of this name emigrated to Pennsylvania, including Conrad Jansen (1709), Wilhelm Jansen (Philadelphia 1796), Johann Arnold Jansen (1796), and Wilhelm Jansen (1796).

Here is one pedigree of one branch of the Jansen family:
Wolfaert Van Keulen (born in Cologne, Germany around 1500 AD)
Mathij Wolfaertse Van Keulen (born in Antwerp, Belgium in 1545, married Mayken Mertens).
Jan Mathijs (born in Anterp, Belgium around 1580, married Annetje Jans)
Mathijs Jansz (b. Amsterdam, Holland, Netherlands in 1602, went to New Netherlands in America). He married Margriet Hendrickse in Brazil in 1641. He had the following children: Anneke, Catharyn, Jan, and Mattys van Kauren. His son Jan Matthysen was born in Fort Orange, New Netherlands in 1646. In 1667, he married Magdalena Blanchan and had the following children with her: Margrita, Matthys, Magdalena (Brodhead), Hendrick, Thomas, Davit, Margriet (Burhans), Sarah, Catheryn (Crooke), and Maria. His son Matthys Jansen or Janssen was born in Kingston, Ulster, NY prior to 1671. He married three times: Anna Elmendorf, Rachel Popinga, and Annetie Maston. He had the following children: Johannes, Margrietje, Marrytje (Dekker), Magdalena, Tomas, Rachel, and Cornelis.

Jan Gerrits was born around 1420. He had a son named Gerrit Jansen who was born in 1454. He in turn had a son named Jan Gerrits who was born in 1474. He had the following issue: Evertgen, Gerrit, Jan, and Geertgen.

A one Gerrit Jansen, from the town of Vuren in the Netherlands, arrived at the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa in 1687. It is unknown why he left, but it is assumed it was due to high levels of poverty in Vuren, perhaps due to flooding and damage in the area caused by the French army during the Third Anglo-Dutch War that started in 1672. He farmed, had vineyards and raised livestock. His wife was named Suzanne (who was of French descent).

Jansen Coat of Arms Meaning

Two of the most common heraldic symbols depicted within the Jansen family crests or Janson coats of arms are the trefoil and estoile. Natural objects abound in heraldry, and one category that gives especial delight are the many flowers and flowering plants that frequently occur. The trefoil may originally been a representation of a specific plant (perhaps shamrock) but it has been used as a symbol almost since the beginning of heraldry and over time has adopted a stylized aspect. Guillim believes that it signifies “perpetuity…the just man shall never wither”. There were of course many widely recognized symbols that existed long before the advent of heraldry and it should be no surprise that some of these were adopted as charge in coats of arms. The estoile is a typical example, reflecting the stars in the sky and represented with six wavy points, often with a little shading to give it some depth. The ancient writer Guillim assigns these symbols as the emblems of God’s goodness.

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