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Where did the English Jarman family come from? What is the English Jarman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jarman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jarman family history?

Jarman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the baptismal name German. The surname Jarman referred to the son of German which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

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Jarman has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Jarman, Jarmain, Jermayne, Jermain, Jermyn, Jermin and many more.

First found in Suffolk where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarman research. Another 143 words(10 lines of text) covering the years 1539, 1614, 1579, 1573, 1645, 1604, 1611, 1614, 1629, 1605 and 1684 are included under the topic Early Jarman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jarman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jarman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Jarmans to arrive on North American shores:

Jarman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • John, his wife Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, Priscilla Jarman settled in New England in 1635
  • Precilla Jarman, aged 10, arrived in New England in 1635
  • Jno Jarman, who arrived in Virginia in 1662

Jarman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Antho Jarman, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Robt Jarman, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Samuel Jarman, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • William Jarman, who landed in Virginia in 1728
  • Daniel Jarman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1777

Jarman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • John Jarman, who landed in America in 1830

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  • Claude Jarman Jr. (b. 1934), American actor who won a 1946 Oscar for Outstanding Child Performer of the Year for his role in the movie 'The Yearling'
  • Joseph Jarman (b. 1937), American jazz musician, composer and Shinshu Buddhist priest, known as one of the first members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
  • Major-General Sanderford Jarman (1884-1954), American Commanding General Army Garrison Forces Central Pacific Area (1944-1945)
  • Derek Jarman (1942-1994), English film director, stage designer, artist and writer
  • Rosemary Hawley Jarman (b. 1935), English novelist and writer of short stories
  • Alan Jarman (1923-1992), Australian politician
  • Andrew Jarman (b. 1966), Australian rules footballer
  • Barry Jarman (b. 1936), Australian cricketer and Australian rules footballer
  • Darren Jarman (b. 1967), Australian footballer
  • Julia Jarman (b. 1946), British author

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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: nec ab oriente nec ab occidente
Motto Translation: Neither from the east nor from the west.

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The Jarman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jarman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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