Geames is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The name Geames came from the personal name Jacob,
the Latin Jacobus
via the Late Latin Jacomus.
The Latin Jacobus
is derived from the Hebrew
which is traditionally interpreted as coming from the Hebrew akev,
which means heel.
Early Origins of the Geames family
The surname Geames was first found in Surrey
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Anciently they held lands in Normandy
as St. James.
Early History of the Geames family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geames research.Another 397 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1610, 1681, 1653, 1620, 1700, 1661, 1679, 1689, 1690, 1619, 1670, 1654, 1656, 1624, 1705, 1659, 1626, 1685, 1659, 1673, 1702, 1644 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Geames History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Geames Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Geames are characterized by many spelling variations
. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Geames include James, Fitzjames, St. James, Jaimes, Geames and many more.
Early Notables of the Geames family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John James (c.
1610-1681), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1653 who served in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War; Roger James (c 1620-1700), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Reigate (1661-1679) and... Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Geames Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Geames family to Ireland
Some of the Geames family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Geames family to the New World and Oceana
Faced with the chaos present in England
at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia
in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England
went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Geames, or a variant listed above: Edmund James, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Blanch James, a servant sent to Barbados in 1658; David James, who came to Nevis in 1661; Abel James, who arrived in Maryland in 1670.
The Geames 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: J'aime à jamais
Motto Translation: I love forever.