Jarrett History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jarrett reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Jarrett family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jarrett is based on the given name Gerard. [1]

Early Origins of the Jarrett family

The surname Jarrett was first found in Shropshire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Jarrett family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jarrett research. Another 71 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 108 and 1086 are included under the topic Early Jarrett History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jarrett Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Jarrett are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Jarrett include Jarret, Jarratt, Jarrett, Jarrott and others.

Early Notables of the Jarrett family (pre 1700)

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Jarrett Ranking

In the United States, the name Jarrett is the 1,568th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [2] However, in Australia, the name Jarrett is ranked the 989th most popular surname with an estimated 4,018 people with that name. [3]


United States Jarrett migration to the United States +

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Jarrett, or a variant listed above:

Jarrett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Jarrett, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1843 [4]

Australia Jarrett migration to Australia +

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

Jarrett Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Jarrett, British convict who was convicted in Kent, England for life, transported aboard the "Calcutta" in February 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. John Jarrett, British Convict who was convicted in Bristol, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Commodore Hayes" in April 1823, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Thomas Jarrett, aged 29, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Emily" [7]
  • Emma Jarrett, aged 28, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [8]
  • Sarah Jarrett, aged 41, a dressmaker, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Duke of Wellington" [8]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Jarrett migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jarrett Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Richard Jarrett, aged 32, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Ann Jarrett, aged 22, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Owen Jarrett, aged 5, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • Richard O. Jarrett, aged 4, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • James E. Jarrett, aged 3, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Berar" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jarrett (post 1700) +

  • Dale Arnold Jarrett (b. 1956), American automobile racer, races in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series
  • William Paul Jarrett (1877-1929), American legal officer and politician
  • Keith Jarrett (b. 1945), American pianist and composer
  • Craig Jarrett (b. 1979), American football punter in the National Football League
  • Arthur L. Jarrett (1884-1960), American screenwriter and film actor
  • Art Jarrett (1907-1987), American singer, actor and bandleader
  • Derek Jarrett (1928-2004), English historian and author
  • Andrew Jarrett (b. 1983), English rugby league player
  • Sir Clifford Jarrett (1905-1995), English civil servant
  • Mr. Richard Andrew Jarrett M.B.E., British Headteacher for Oldfield Primary School in Maidenhead, was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018, for services to Education [9]
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  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. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  3. ^ https://forebears.io/australia/surnames
  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 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/calcutta
  6. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retrieved 4th March 2021, retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/commodore-hayes)
  7. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The EMILY 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Emily.htm
  8. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF WELLINGTON 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Duke%20of%20Wellington.htm
  9. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62310, 4 July 2019 | London Gazette, The Gazette, June 2018, https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/62310/supplement/B1


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