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While surnames were well-known during the English medieval period, Cornish People originally used only a single name. The way in which hereditary surnames came into common use is interesting. Under the Feudal System of government, surnames evolved and they often reflected life on the manor and in the field. Patronymic surnames were derived from given names and were the predominant type of surname among the Celtic peoples of Britain. However, the people of Cornwall provide a surprising exception to this rule, and patronymic surnames are less common among them than other people of Celtic stock, such as their Welsh neighbors. This type of surname blended perfectly with the prevailing Feudal System. One feature that is occasionally found in Cornish surnames of this type is the suffix -oe or -ow; this is derived from the Cornish plural suffix -ow. is a patronymic surname that came from the personal name James, which itself is a version of the ancient name Jacob, which means supplanter.

Jago Early Origins



The surname Jago was first found in Cornwall, where there is some debate of the name's origins. One reference lists that the name was "from the Spanish Iago, which must have crossed over into Cornwall at some early period." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
While another states "whether it derives from the Celtic-British Iago, and signifies James or from gago or jago, a spear and pledges for battle; however, the name was of ancient use in Britain; for Galfridus Monmuthensis tells us of a king named Jago, before Julius Caesar landed in Britain, that reigned twenty-five years, and is buried at York." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

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Jago Spelling Variations


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Jago Spelling Variations



Cornish surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The official court languages, which were Latin and French, were also influential on the spelling of a surname. Since the spelling of surnames was rarely consistent in medieval times, and scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings of their surname in the ancient chronicles. Moreover, a large number of foreign names were brought into England, which accelerated and accentuated the alterations to the spelling of various surnames. Lastly, spelling variations often resulted from the linguistic differences between the people of Cornwall and the rest of England. The Cornish spoke a unique Brythonic Celtic language which was first recorded in written documents during the 10th century. However, they became increasingly Anglicized, and Cornish became extinct as a spoken language in 1777, although it has been revived by Cornish patriots in the modern era. The name has been spelled Jago, Jagoe, Jagow, Jeago, Jego, Mac Ego and many more.

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Jago Early History


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Jago Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jago research. Another 129 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1221, 1684, 1724 and 1723 are included under the topic Early Jago History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jago Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jago Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jago Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jago In Ireland


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Jago In Ireland



Some of the Jago family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 85 words (6 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


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The Great Migration



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Jago:

Jago Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Walter Jago to Barbados in 1634
  • Walter Jago, aged 20, arrived in Barbados in 1634

Jago Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Jago, aged 27, arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837
  • Louise Jago, who landed in Texas in 1846
  • John, Patrick and Hester Jago to Boston in 1849
  • Catherine Jago to Boston in 1850

Jago Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Digary Isbel Jago, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"
  • Digary Isbel Jago, aged 26, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • Jane Jago, aged 21, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • Henry Jago, aged 1, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Agincourt" in 1850
  • Henry Jago, aged 35, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Victoria Regia"

Jago Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Charles Henry Jago, aged 22, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Strathnaver" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jago (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jago (post 1700)



  • Donna Jago, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2004
  • Denise Jago, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 2000
  • Frederick William Pearce Jago (1838-1892), English scholar, best known for his work The Ancient Language and the Dialect of Cornwall (1882)
  • Ann Jago (b. 1939), English cricketer who played two Test matches for the England women's cricket team in the 196061 season
  • James Jago FRS (1815-1893), English physician, Fellow of the Royal Society
  • Richard Jago (1715-1781), English poet
  • Gordon Harold Jago MBE (b. 1932), former English association football player and manager
  • June Jago (1926-2010), Australian-born, British actress who appeared in two of the Carry On films - Carry On Regardless (1961) and Carry On Doctor (1967)
  • Becky Jago (b. 1976), born Rebecca Gunton, a British television news presenter
  • Arnold Henry "Harry" Jago (1913-1997), Australian Liberal member of the New South Wales, Mayor of Ku-ring-gai (1960-1961)
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Jago Historic Events


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Jago Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Leslie May Jago, British Ship Write 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Joseph Jago (d. 1912), aged 57, English Greaser from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Jago Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

  1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  2. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  9. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  11. ...

The Jago Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jago 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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