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

The Jeffries 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 The surname Jeffries makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain.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.

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Although there are comparatively few Welsh surnames, they have a great many spelling variations. Variations of Welsh names began almost immediately after their acceptance within Welsh society. In the Middle Ages, it was up to priests and the few other people that recorded names in official documents to decide how to spell the names that they heard. Variations that occurred because of improper recording increased dramatically as the names were later transliterated into English. The Brythonic Celtic language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, featured many highly inflected sounds that could not be properly captured by the English language. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were all indicated by the particular variation of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Jeffries have included Jeffreys, Jeffereys, Jefferies, Jeffers, Jefferis, Jefferyes, Jefferys, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jeffs, Jefries and many more.

First found in Herefordshire, 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 Jeffries research. Another 235 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1645, 1689, 1610, 1685, 1643, 1613, 1703, 1674 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Jeffries History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 111 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jeffries Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jeffries family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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The Welsh began to emigrate to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s in search of land, work, and freedom. Those that arrived helped shape the industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. The records regarding immigration and passenger show a number of people bearing the name Jeffries:

Jeffries Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Tho Jeffries, who arrived in Virginia in 1663
  • Mary Jeffries, who arrived in Maryland in 1671
  • Edward Jeffries, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1681
  • Thomas Jeffries, who landed in Maryland in 1697-1698

Jeffries Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Charles Jeffries, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1737

Jeffries Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Jeffries, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1831
  • John Jeffries, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • William Jeffries, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • Peter H Jeffries, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847

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  • Herb Jeffries (b. 1911), American musician
  • James Jackson Jeffries (1875-1953), American world heavyweight boxing champion
  • Kevin Jeffries (b. 1964), American politician from the State of California
  • Edward J. Jeffries Jr. (1900-1950), American politician, councilman, and mayor of Detroit
  • James Jeffries, Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana from 18881892
  • Herbert "Herb" Jeffries (b. 1913), American jazz and popular singer and actor
  • Jared Scott Carter Jeffries (b. 1981), American professional basketball player
  • Lang Jeffries (1930-1987), Canadian-American actor of television and film
  • Michael Jeffries (b. 1962), retired American soccer player and current soccer coach
  • Fran Jeffries (b. 1937), American singer, actress, and model

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  • Marmaduke Norfleet Jeffreys by Louise Jeffreys Andrew.
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  2. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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  6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
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The Jeffries Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jeffries 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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