Jaffrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jaffrey family

The surname Jaffrey was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Jaffrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jaffrey research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1536 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)

More information is 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 [1]
Jaffrey Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Thomas Jaffrey, who landed in America in 1795 [1]
Jaffrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in America in 1810 [1]

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 [2]
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839 [3]
  • Archibald Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1839 [4]
  • William Jaffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848 [5]

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. ^ 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)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LLOYDS from London 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Lloyds.htm
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ 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
  5. ^ 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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