Jawdrill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Jawdrill is a name of ancient Anglo-Saxon origin and comes from the family once having lived in Derbyshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Jawdrill family

The surname Jawdrill was first found in Derbyshire where "the family are traced to the Peak of Derbyshire in the year 1286, and there till the latter end of the XVIII century the elder line continued. William Juaderell, the head of the family, temp. Edward III, served under the Black Prince in the wars in France." [1] Yeardsley in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "The lands [of Yeardsley] appear to have been the property of the Jodrells since the time of Henry VI.: Sir Francis Jodrell, of Henbury, is the present proprietor." [2]

Early History of the Jawdrill family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jawdrill research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 171 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Jawdrill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jawdrill Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jawdrill family name include Jodrell, Jaderell, Jaudrell, Jawdrell, Jodrel and others.

Early Notables of the Jawdrill family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Jawdrill family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, Canada, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Jawdrill surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Elizabeth Jodrell settled in Barbados in 1672.



The Jawdrill 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: Non sibi sed patriae natus
Motto Translation: Not born for himself, but for his country.


  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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