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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,
The surname Jasper was 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.
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.
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
More information is included under the topic Early Jasper Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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
- Seldon Jasper, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Hyde County, 1798
- Norbert J. Jasper, American Democrat politician, Member of Missouri State House of Representatives from Franklin County; Elected 1964
- Marvin H. Jasper, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 15th District, 1958, 1962
- John B. Jasper, American politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate from Hyde County, 1809-10; Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Hyde County, 1827-28, 1833
- James Jasper, American politician, Member of North Carolina House of Commons from Hyde County, 1790-92; Member of North Carolina State Senate from Hyde County, 1793-95
- Fred A. Jasper, American politician, Mayor of Quincy, Illinois, 1925
- Duane Jasper, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Wayne County 3rd District, 1961
- Claude J. Jasper, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1952 (alternate), 1964; Wisconsin Republican State Chair, 1958
- Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
- Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
- Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
- Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
- Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
- Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
- Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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