Jas History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Anglo-Saxon name Jas comes from the baptismal name for the son of Judd, which was a pet form for the Old English personal name Jordan.
Early Origins of the Jas family
The surname Jas was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Willelraus Gesson as holding lands there at that time. 
"Jesson was the name of a minister of Prestwold in the reign of Elizabeth. Two centuries ago Sir William Jesson resided at Burleigh Park, Loughborough." 
Early History of the Jas family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jas research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1580, 1603, 1628, 1640, 1648, 1651, 1661, 1663, 1790 and 1890 are included under the topic Early Jas History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jas Spelling Variations
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Jas has appeared include Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.
Early Notables of the Jas family
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Migration of the Jas family to Ireland
Some of the Jas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jas family
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Jas arrived in North America very early: Richard Jessen, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1852; Henry Jesson to Philadelphia in 1865 and George Jesson, also to Philadelphia in 1866.
|Contemporary Notables of the name Jas (post 1700)
- Jas Heriot Duke (1939-1992), Australian performance poet
- Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.