The ancestors of the Jaram family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived from the Old French given name Jerome, which itself was originally derived from the Greek name Hieronymos.
The Greek name was composed of the elements hieros,
which means sacred,
which means name.
Early Origins of the Jaram family
The surname Jaram was first found in Shropshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Jaram family
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Jaram 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 Jerome, Jerrome, Jerram, Jeran, Jarrom, Jerrems, Gerome, Gerram and many more.
Early Notables of the Jaram family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jaram family to Ireland
Some of the Jaram family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jaram family to the New World and Oceana
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 Jaram or a variant listed above: William Jerome, who sailed to New Orleans in 1820; William Jerroms and Joseph Jerome to New York in 1830; and R.L. Jerome to San Francisco in 1851.
Contemporary Notables of the name Jaram (post 1700)
- Matekoraha Te Peehi Jaram (1902-1978), New Zealand weaver, tailoress, community leader of Maori descent