Geeames is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest
of 1066 brought to England
. It comes 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 Geeames family
The surname Geeames 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 Geeames family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Geeames 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 Geeames History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Geeames Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled James, Fitzjames, St. James, Jaimes, Geames and many more.
Early Notables of the Geeames 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 Geeames Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Geeames family to Ireland
Some of the Geeames 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 Geeames family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Geeames name or one of its variants: 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 Geeames 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.