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

The name Jarrett reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Jarrett family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jarrett is based on the given name Gerard.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Jarrett are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Jarrett include Jarret, Jarratt, Jarrett, Jarrott and others.

First found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarrett research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the year 1086 is included under the topic Early Jarrett History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Jarrett Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Jarrett, or a variant listed above:

Jarrett Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • William Jarrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843


  • Dale Arnold Jarrett (b. 1956), American automobile racer, races in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
  • Art Jarrett (1907-1987), American singer, actor and bandleader
  • Arthur L. Jarrett (1884-1960), American screenwriter and film actor
  • Craig Jarrett (b. 1979), American football punter in the National Football League
  • Keith Jarrett (b. 1945), American pianist and composer
  • William Paul Jarrett (1877-1929), American legal officer and politician
  • Sir Clifford Jarrett (1905-1995), English civil servant
  • Andrew Jarrett (b. 1983), English rugby league player
  • Derek Jarrett (1928-2004), English historian and author
  • Cole Jarrett (b. 1983), Canadian professional ice hockey player



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  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
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The Jarrett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jarrett 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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