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The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Jolly family have grown. The name Jolly was given to a member of the family who was a person originating in France, and was associated with the French Huguenots. This nickname surname originated with an early member who was a happy and lively person. But we must look to Normandy where the earliest records of the root name was found. As a variant of Jolliffe, it was found there as early as 1195 with N. Giolif. Three years later Robert Jolif was listed in a census in the same area of Normandy.

Jolly Early Origins



The surname Jolly was first found in Yorkshire where there are numerous variations of the name listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 including: Johannes Yoly, Agnes, servienes Joly Johnan, Henricus Joly; Ricardus Jolyman; Willelmus Jolyman and Johannes Jolyman. This distinguished Huguenot family were granted lands firstly in Staffordshire. Many moved north into Scotland where records there show Alan and Bervy Jolly were granted lands in the county of Edinburgh in 1450.

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Jolly Spelling Variations


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Jolly Spelling Variations



The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Jolly has been recorded under many different variations, including Jollie, Jolley, Jolly, Jollys and others.

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Jolly Early History


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Jolly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jolly research. Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1677, 1684, 1629, 1703, 1659 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Jolly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jolly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jolly Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable in the family at this time was Rev. James Jollie, senior chaplain of the Church of Scotland and chaplain of St. Andrew's Church in Madras; Thomas Jollie (1629-1703) was an English Dissenter, a minister ejected for his...

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jolly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jolly In Ireland


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Jolly In Ireland



Some of the Jolly family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Jollys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Jolly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joseph Jolly, who arrived in Virginia in 1633
  • Mary Jolly, aged 21, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Mary Jolly, aged 21, settled in Virginia in 1635
  • John Jolly settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Margery Jolly settled in Virginia in 1636
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jolly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francois Jolly, aged 28, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • James Jolly, aged 40, settled in Maryland in 1775

Jolly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Jolly, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1806
  • Hugh Jolly, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1809
  • Patterson Jolly, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Job Henry Jolly, aged 21, landed in New York in 1812
  • Robert Jolly, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jolly Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Jolly, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Jolly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Jolly, a carpenter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Richard Jolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Charlotte Ellie Jolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Selina Jolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • Francis Jolly arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jolly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Jolly arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1864

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jolly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jolly (post 1700)



  • Alison Jolly (1937-2014), American primatologist, known for her studies of lemur biology
  • Allison Jolly (b. 1956), American Olympic gold medalist sailor
  • General Sir Alan Jolly GCB CBE DSO (1910-1977), English General, former Quartermaster-General to the Forces
  • Friedrich Jolly (1844-1904), German neurologist and psychiatrist, eponym of Jolly's Test
  • Wayne Travis Jolly, Geologist and Educator, Brock University, St. Catharines, Ontario
  • Mark Jolly, Australian Dental Surgeon and Educator, McGaughey Professor of Oral Medicine and Oral Surgery, University of Sydney, Australia
  • Norman William Jolly (1882-1954), awarded the first South Australian Rhodes Scholarship
  • Robert Malcolm Jolly CBE, Air Commodore

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
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    5. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    6. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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    The Jolly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jolly 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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