As early as c. 1172, this name was used by judicial officers or judges and it is from this source the surname was more than likely derived. While there may have been Norman roots at La Justice in Normandy
, the name was more likely an occupational
name for someone who held the office of "the justice," in other words a judge.
Early Origins of the Jestus family
The surname Jestus was first found in Perthshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Pheairt) former county in the present day Council Area of Perth and Kinross, located in central Scotland
, and Angus
where one of the first records of the name was Patrick Justyce as a tenant
of the mill at Kelso in 1472. Just two years later, Patrick Justice, a priest who witnessed an instrument of sasine in this shire in 1474. As the forename Patrick was not very popular at this time, these two references may be the same person. The lands of James Justeis and Thomas Justeis are mentioned in Scone in 1491.
Early History of the Jestus family
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Jestus Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Jestus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jestus family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Henry Justice, who settled in Virginia in 1700; Hugh Justice settled in Virginia in 1723; another Henry Justice settled in Maryland in 1736; Sarah Justice arrived in San Francisco Cal. in 1862.
The Jestus Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non sine causa
Motto Translation: Not without a cause.