Show ContentsJaques History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Jaques family first reached the shores of England in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Their name is derived from the personal name Jacques, which is a form of the Latin name Jacobus. [1]

Early Origins of the Jaques family

The surname Jaques was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Nether Silton in the North Riding of Yorkshire. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, Nether Silton was recorded as a village with a Hall and the tenant-in-chief was the Count of Mortain.

Further to the south in the parish of St. Just, Cornwall, the barton called Treveres or Treverys, a family called Jack formerly had a seat." [2]

Early History of the Jaques family

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Jaques Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval 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. The name has been spelled Jacques, Jaques, Jack, Jacks, Jackes, Jakes, Jeeks, Jeke, Jeex, Jaquiss, Jaquez and many more.

Early Notables of the Jaques family (pre 1700)

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Jaques Ranking

In the United States, the name Jaques is the 8,471st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Jaques family to Ireland

Some of the Jaques family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Jaques migration to the United States +

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Jaques or a variant listed above:

Jaques Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Henry Jaques, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1640 [4]
Jaques Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Jaques, who landed in America in 1754 [4]
  • George Jaques, who arrived in America in 1760-1763 [4]
Jaques Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Diego Jaques, who arrived in New Spain in 1837 [4]
  • Dinah Jaques, who landed in New York in 1838 [4]
  • John Jaques, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838 [4]
  • William Jaques, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1874 [4]

Canada Jaques migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jaques Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Margereta Jaques, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757

Australia Jaques migration to Australia +

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

Jaques Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Julian Jaques, (b. 1784), aged 57, British labourer who was convicted in Port Louis for 10 years for arson, transported aboard the "Daphne" in 1841, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1846 [5]
  • Mr. Thomas Jaques, (b. 1818), aged 26, English convict who was convicted in Liverpool, Merseyside, England for life for murder, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • William Jaques, aged 23, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Adelaide" [7]
  • Joseph Jaques, aged 24, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [8]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jaques (post 1700) +

  • Francis Lee Jaques (1887-1969), American wildlife painter
  • John Jaques (1827-1900), Latter Day Saint hymnwriter and missionary, Assistant Church Historian for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Bill Jaques (1888-1925), English professional footballer
  • Peter Heath Jaques (b. 1919), former English cricketer
  • Captain Arthur Jaques (1888-1915), English cricketer
  • Thomas Jaques, English founder of Jaques of London in 1795, a family company that manufactures sports and game equipment who developed and sold Snakes and Ladders, Tiddledey Winks, the Staunton Chess set and more
  • Deacon John Jaques (1728-1800), English clergyman of the Church of England
  • Ronny Jaques (1910-2008), British photographer from London, best known for his photographs of celebrities such as Billie Holiday, Duke Ellington, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, and Nat King Cole
  • William Jaques (b. 1861), Canadian physician and politician who represented Haldimand in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1914 to 1919
  • Norman Jaques (1880-1949), Canadian farmer and politician, Member of the Canadian House of Commons for Wetaskiwin (1935-1949)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Henry Jaques, British Assistant Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland (1914) and survived the sinking [9]

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
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  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved May 31st 2021, retrieved from
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from
  7. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ADELAIDE 1852. Retrieved
  8. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1853. Retrieved
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook