Jaks History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Scottish surname Jaks is generally understood to be derived from the given name John, which in turn came from the French name "Jacques," one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England and Scotland. "Jacques," is a form of the Latin name "Jacobus." [1]

Early Origins of the Jaks family

The surname Jaks was first found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat at Woodall between Langbank and the Port of Glasgow from ancient times.

In earlier times they had been located at Kethek in Coupar Angus, and in 1473 William Jack was tenant of the mill in that village. A few years later, Gilbert Jak was listed as a resident of Vddynston in 1498. John Jak held a tenement in Glasgow before 1498 (ibid., p. 500), and Katherine Jak in Stirling was charged with assault in 1545. " [2]

Early History of the Jaks family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jaks research. Another 156 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1498, 1545, 1502, 1567, 1580, 1574, 1577, 1586, 1589, 1580, 1598, 1567, 1570, 1574, 1577, 1578, 1628, 1578 and are included under the topic Early Jaks History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jaks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jacke, Jack, Jacks and others.

Early Notables of the Jaks family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Wilyem Jaik, Deacon of the Kirk of Aberdeen in 1580. Thomas Jack (d. 1598), was a Scottish schoolmaster, appointed minister of Rutherglen in the presbytery of Glasgow, in 1567, and subsequently became master of Glasgow grammar school. In 1570 he was presented by James VI to the vicarage of Eastwood in the presbytery of...
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Ireland Migration of the Jaks family to Ireland

Some of the Jaks family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jaks family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: John Jack who settled in St. Christopher in 1635; Ezekiel Jack settled in Virginia in 1663; Morris and John Jack settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763.



  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)


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