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Where did the Welsh Jeffreys family come from? What is the Welsh Jeffreys family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jeffreys family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jeffreys family history?The Jeffreys surname is a patronymic name that comes from the personal names Geoffrey and Godfrey. These names appear in Old English as Geffrey and in Old French as Jefroi or Jeufroi. The surname Jeffreys makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain. This suffix was sometimes abbreviated to -s.
There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name Jeffreys have included Jeffreys, Jeffereys, Jefferies, Jeffers, Jefferis, Jefferyes, Jefferys, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jeffs, Jefries and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeffreys research. Another 242 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1645 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Jeffreys History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Jeffreys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Jeffreys family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 170 words(12 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Jeffreys:
Jeffreys Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Jeffreys Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Jeffreys Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Jeffreys Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jeffreys 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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