Show ContentsJarman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Jarman is an ancient Anglo-Saxon name that is derived from the baptismal name German. The surname Jarman referred to the son of German which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Jarman family

The surname Jarman was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the original Latin form of the name Germanus was first listed. [1]

As a forename Jerman filius Willelmi was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1248. John Jarman was listed in Norfolk in 1227. Phillippus Germani was found in the Feet of Fines for Dorset in 1236. Johannes Jeremie was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire in 1196. [2]

Early History of the Jarman family

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Jarman Spelling Variations

Jarman has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Jarman have been found, including Jarman, Jarmain, Jermayne, Jermain, Jermyn, Jermin and many more.

Early Notables of the Jarman family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Ambrose Jermyn; his son, Sir Robert Jermyn DL (1539-1614) was an English politician, High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1579; Sir Thomas Jermyn (1573-1645) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Andover (1604-1611), and Bury St Edmunds (1614-1629); and Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of Saint Albans, KG (1605-1684), an English politician and courtier. He was second son of Sir Thomas Jermyn, knt., by Mary Barber. In 1624 Jermyn was gentleman in attendance on the embassy to Paris, and in 1628 he represented Liverpool in parliament. On 2 July 1628 he was appointed...
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Jarman Ranking

In the United States, the name Jarman is the 4,997th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Jarman family to Ireland

Some of the Jarman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Jarman migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Jarmans to arrive on North American shores:

Jarman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John, his wife Margaret, Elizabeth, Sarah, Priscilla Jarman, who settled in New England in 1635
  • Precilla Jarman, aged 10, who arrived in New England in 1635 [4]
  • John Jarman, who arrived in Virginia in 1662 [4]
Jarman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Antho Jarman, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 [4]
  • Robert Jarman, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [4]
  • Samuel Jarman, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [4]
  • William Jarman, who landed in Virginia in 1728 [4]
  • Daniel Jarman, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1777 [4]
Jarman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Jarman, who landed in America in 1830 [4]

Australia Jarman migration to Australia +

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

Jarman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Jarman who was convicted in Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Bussorah Merchant" on 24th March 1828, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Edward Jarman, (b. 1818), aged 19, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for life for stealing, transported aboard the "Emma Eugenia" on 2nd November 1837, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jarman (post 1700) +

  • John Jarman (1915-1982), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma (1951-1977)
  • Major-General Sanderford Jarman (1884-1954), American Commanding General Army Garrison Forces Central Pacific Area (1944-1945) [7]
  • Joseph Jarman (b. 1937), American jazz musician, composer and Shinshu Buddhist priest, known as one of the first members of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians
  • Claude Jarman Jr. (b. 1934), American actor who won a 1946 Oscar for Outstanding Child Performer of the Year for his role in the movie 'The Yearling'
  • Ryan James Jarman (b. 1980), English guitarist and vocalist with English rock band The Cribs
  • Ross Anthony Jarman (b. 1984), English drummer with English rock band The Cribs
  • Richard Jarman (1807-1877), English-born, Tasmanian artist, map-maker, and engraver; he emigrated to Tasmania with his wife and children in 1857
  • Rosemary Hawley Jarman (b. 1935), English novelist and writer of short stories from Worcester
  • Derek Jarman (1942-1994), English film director, stage designer, artist and writer
  • Alan Jarman (1923-1992), Australian politician, Member of the Australian Parliament for Deakin (1966-1983)
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The Jarman 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: nec ab oriente nec ab occidente
Motto Translation: Neither from the east nor from the west.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  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 Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 5th November 2020). Retrieved from
  6. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th March 2022).
  7. Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Sanderford Jarman. Retrieved from on Facebook