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

The origins of the name Jessie are from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Judd, which was a pet form for the Old English personal name Jordan.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jessie family name include Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessie research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1628, 1580, 1651, 1640, 1640, 1648, 1603 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Jessie History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 73 words(5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jessie Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jessie family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Jessie surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Jessie Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Samuel Jessie, who arrived in Mississippi in 1904

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  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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The Jessie Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jessie 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.

This page was last modified on 10 February 2014 at 08:31.

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