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

The name Jarrell was spawned by the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture that ruled a majority of Britain. It comes from the son of Gerard. The surname Jarrell was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard which meant spear-brave. 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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Jarrell 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. Gerrard, Gerard, Jarrard, Jared, Garrad, Garred, Jarratt, Jarrett and many more.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. The Gerrard family name, also spelled Gerard and Jarrard, is traced by historians to the grandson of Edward the Confessor (1004-1066). In England the name was first recorded in the Domesday Book in 1086. Gerard (died 21 May 1108), was Lord Chancellor of England (1085-1092) appointed by William I, and later Archbishop of York (1100-1108.) He may have been with the king's hunting party when William II was killed, as he witnessed the first charter issued by the new king, Henry I of England, a few days later.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarrell research. Another 189 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1177, 1545, 1611, 1593, 1559, 1581, 1564, 1618, 1622, 1613, 1640, 1634, 1667, 1587, 1670, 1617, 1680, 1641, 1660, 1618, 1683, 1660, 1687, 1661, 1685, 1659, 1701, 1689 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Jarrell History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 363 words(26 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jarrell Notables 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 Jarrells to arrive on North American shores:

Jarrell Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Thomas Jarrell, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Jarrell Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • H C Jarrell, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850

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  • Randall Jarrell (1914-1965), American poet, literary critic, 11th Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress
  • Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985), American fiddler, banjo player, and singer
  • Wadsworth Jarrell, African-American painter, sculptor and printmaker
  • Charles Michael Jarrell (b. 1940), the American seventh and current Bishop of Lafayette, Louisiana
  • Michael Jarrell (b. 1958), Swiss composer


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  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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The Jarrell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jarrell 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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