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Where did the English Jessop family come from? What is the English Jessop family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jessop family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jessop family history?The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Jessop family name to the British Isles. Jessop comes from the ancient personal name Joseph. The surname Jessop was a baptismal name which meant Joseph. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Jessop, Jessope, Jesop, Jesope, Jessopp, Jessup and many more.
First found in Yorkshire 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 Jessop research. Another 194 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jessop History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Jessop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Jessop family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 96 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Jessop or a variant listed above:
Jessop Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Jessop Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Jessop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jessop 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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