Jaffrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jaffrey family

The surname Jaffrey was first found in Aberdeen where "Jaffray was an old family name." Early feudal rolls provided the king of the time a method of cataloguing holdings for taxation, but today they provide a glimpse into the wide surname spellings in use at that time. "Symon le fiz Geffrai and Piers le fiz Geffray, burgesses of Peebles, rendered homage [to King Edward I of England] in 1296. Payment was made to David Geoffrey, Scottish merchant, for injuries and trespasses committed on him in 1474, John Joffray appears as witness, 1511, and a later John Jofra was witness in Brechin in 1552." [1]

Early History of the Jaffrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jaffrey research. Another 211 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1536, 1596, 1587, 1605, 1636, 1629, 1687, 1613, 1652, 1718, 1618, 1583, 1653, 1753, 1614, 1673, 1645, 1614, 1632, 1633, 1634, 1635, 1636, 1642, 1643 and 1644 are included under the topic Early Jaffrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jaffrey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jaffray, Jaffrey, Jafery and others.

Early Notables of the Jaffrey family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Alexander Jaffray (1614-1673), Director of the Chancellary of Scotland and a Quaker, son of Alexander Jaffray (d. 10 Jan. 1645), Provost of Aberdeen, by his wife Magdalen Erskine of Pittodrie, born at Aberdeen in July 1614. "Shortly after his marriage his father sent him to Edinburgh, where he stayed some time in the house of his relative Robert Burnet, father of Gilbert Burnet [q. v.] His father sent him in 1632 and 1633 to London, and in 1634 and 1635 to France. At Whitsuntide 1636 he set up housekeeping in Aberdeen, his wife...
Another 142 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jaffrey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jaffrey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jaffrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • George Jaffrey, who arrived in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1665 [2]
Jaffrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Jaffrey, who landed in America in 1795 [2]
Jaffrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in America in 1810 [2]

Australia Jaffrey migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jaffrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1838 [3]
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839 [4]
  • Archibald Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [5]
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jaffrey (post 1700) +

  • Sir Thomas Jaffrey (1861-1953), 1st Baronet, was a Scottish actuary
  • Saeed Jaffrey OBE (1929-2015), India-born, British actor, known for his roles in The Man Who Would Be King, Shatranj Ke Khilari and My Beautiful Laundrette
  • Madhur Jaffrey CBE (b. 1933), Indian actress and food writer
  • Peter Jaffrey Wheatley (1921-1997), British chemist who published over 100 papers and 5 books on physical chemistry, crystallography and structural chemistry


The Jaffrey 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: Post nubillia phoebus
Motto Translation: After the clouds sunshine.


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) GLENSWILLY 1839 (also called DAWSONS). Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Glenswilly.htm
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES (originally Charles Forbes) 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839SirCharlesForbes.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) DUKE OF BEDFORD 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848DukeofBedford.htm


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