Jelle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The roots of the Jelle family name are in ancient Scotland with the Viking settlers. Jelle was derived from Giles. "In the Scottish dialect jelly means worthy, upright." [1]

The surname Jelle is derived from a corruption of this personal name. Giles is derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name Gilli, which came to the British Isles with the Vikings who settled in the north of England and in Scotland in the 9th century AD. They came to the British Isles under the leadership of Sigurd the Stout after they were dispossessed of their lands by the King of Norway.

Early Origins of the Jelle family

The surname Jelle was first found in Ayrshire where early record show Thomas Jelle held a tenement in 1518. Later, William Jellie is recorded in Cruikens, parish of Carnwath, 1673 and Andrew Jellie and his wife were residents in the parish of Borgue, 1684. [2]

Further to the south in England, we found Thomas Jely listed in Essex in 1472; Robert Jely in the Subsidy Rolls for Suffolk in 1524 and John Jelleye and Richard Gellye in Surrey in 1583. [3]

Early History of the Jelle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jelle research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1500, 1673, 1592, 1593, 1621, 1663 and 1665 are included under the topic Early Jelle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jelle Spelling Variations

Sound and intuition were the main things that scribes in the Middle Ages relied on when spelling and translating names. Since those factors varied, so did the spelling of the names. Spelling variations of the name Jelle include Jelly, Jellie, Jelley and others.

Early Notables of the Jelle family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Jelle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Jelle family

In North America, the monarchy was thousands of miles away and Scots were free to settle on their own land and practice their own beliefs. The American War of Independence provided an opportunity for these settlers to pay back the English monarchy and forge a new nation. Recently, this heritage has survived through North American highland games and Clan societies. Early North American immigration and passenger lists have revealed a number of people bearing the name Jelle or a variant listed above: Hugh Jelly settled in Philadelphia in 1804; James Jelly settled in New York in 1823; Thomas Jelly, his wife Mary, and son Richard and his servants, settled in Barbados in 1678.


Contemporary Notables of the name Jelle (post 1700) +

  • Jelle De Jong (b. 1933), Frisian writer


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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