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Jennet (F)>

Jennet (female)

Variants:Janet (F) Jeanette (F)
Pet Name for:Jane (F) Jean (F)
Source(s): The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
Personal communication [BS]

English and Scottish.

Jennet is shown in the Oxford Names Companion as a spelling variant of Jeanette but it also says it was used in medieval times as a diminutive [or pet name] for Jean. Jean is synonymous in Scotland with Jane for which Janet was a diminutive in the Middle Ages before becoming a given name in its own right. It is therefore possible that Jennet was an early variant of Janet or possibly a re-spelling.