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Where did the English Jasper family come from? What is the English Jasper family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jasper family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jasper family history?

The distinguished surname Jasper emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. One of the most common classes of surname is the patronymic surname, which was usually derived from the first name of the person's father. Flemish surnames of this type are often characterized by the diminutive suffix -kin, which became very frequent in England during the 14th century. The surname Jasper is derived from the personal name Jasper, which is the usual English form of the French names Caspar, Gaspar, and Gaspard.


Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Jasper, Jaspers and others.

First found in Cornwall where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jasper research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jasper History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Jasper:

Jasper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Jasper, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • John Jasper settled in Virginia in 1641

Jasper Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John William Jasper, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1767

Jasper Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gerh Lucas Jasper, who landed in America in 1813-1820
  • Heinr Rudolf Jasper, who arrived in America in 1840
  • Joh Heinr Jasper, who arrived in America in 1840
  • Cath Gert Jasper, who landed in America in 1840
  • Rudolph Jacob Jasper, who landed in America in 1840

Jasper Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Alfred Jasper arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Eden" in 1838


  • Joshua Norwood Jasper (b. 1987), American football placekicker for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2011) and Toronto Argonauts (2012)
  • Chris Jasper (b. 1951), American former member of the Isley Brothers, singer and composer
  • William Jasper (1750-1779), born Johann Wilhelm Gasper, German-born, American revolutionary soldier, he died from wounds at the Siege of Savannah, never releasing the standard he held; a monument to him was erected in Savannah, Georgia
  • Kenneth Stephen Jasper AM (b. 1938), Australian politician, Member of the Victorian Parliament for Murrary Valley (1976-2010)
  • Herbert Henri Jasper OC GOQ FRSC (1906-1999), Canadian psychologist, physiologist, anatomist, chemist and neurologist, inductee into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame
  • Karl Theodor Jasper (1883-1969), German psychiatrist and philosopher
  • Sam Jasper (b. 1986), New Zealand footballer
  • Very Rev. Ronald Jasper (1917-1990), British clergyman, Dean of York


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The Jasper Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jasper Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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