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The name Jay came to England with the ancestors of the Jay family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Jay family lived in Herefordshire. Their name, however, derives from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, De Gai, Normandy.

Jay Early Origins



The surname Jay was first found in Herefordshire at Heath, with Jay, a township, in the parish of Leintwardine, union of Ludlow, hundred of Wigmore. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
This small township had only 55 inhabitants in the late 1800s and comprises the hamlets of Heath and Jay.

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Jay Spelling Variations


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Jay Spelling Variations



Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Jay, Jaye, Jayes and others.

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Jay Early History


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Jay Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jay research. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1495, 1553, 1530, 1534 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Jay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jay Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jay Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jay or a variant listed above:

Jay Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Jay settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Jay, aged 25, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Thomas Jay settled in Barbados in 1654
  • William Jay settled in Barbados in 1663
  • Thomas Jay, who landed in Maryland in 1674
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jay Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Jay, aged 45, landed in New York in 1812
  • Joseph Jay, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • James Jay, who arrived in New York in 1832
  • George H Jay, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Garrett Jay, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1871

Jay Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Jay, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Peggy Jay, aged 21, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • Mr. Joseph Jay, aged 2 months who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec but died on Grosse Isle on 22nd May 1847 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)
  • Charles Jay, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Jay Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Jay arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aden" in 1849
  • Esther Jay, aged 30, a cook, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Taymouth Castle"
  • Edward Jay, aged 50, a miller, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Richard Gardiner Jay, aged 23, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • Samuel Jay, aged 21, a miller, arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Warren Hastings"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jay (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jay (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Henry Davis Jay (1891-1979), American Commanding General Artillery II Corps (1944-1945)
  • John Jay (1745-1829), American politician, U.S. Minister to Spain, 1779-82; Chief Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1789-95; Resigned 1795; U.S. Secretary of State, 1790; Governor of New York, 1795-1801; Defeated, 1792
  • John II Jay (1817-1894), American politician, U.S. Minister to Austria, 1869-75; Historian
  • Lester Lewis Jay, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Kings County 6th District, 1937, 1938
  • Peter Augustus Jay (1776-1843), American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County, 1815-16; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention, 1821; President, New York Hospital, 1827-33
  • Peter Augustus Jay (1877-1933), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Argentina, 1925-26
  • Robert Jay, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 21st District, 1988
  • Robert M. Jay, American politician, Mayor of Arkansas City, Kansas, 1968
  • Samuel Jay, American politician, Postmaster at Havre de Grace, Maryland, 1795-1806
  • Stephen H. Jay, American politician, Member of Minnesota State House of Representatives 18th District, 1865-66
  • ... (Another 16 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Jay Historic Events


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Jay Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Master Clifford James Jay (1910-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Emily Annie Jay (1907-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Stella Dorothy Jay (1906-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Master Frederick William Jay (1904-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Miss Florence Lillian Jay (1901-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from London, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • ... (Another 1 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary  Jay (1899-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Gladys  Jay (1900-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Frank Jay, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Jay


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Suggested Readings for the name Jay



  • The Jays of Bedford by Jennifer P. McLean.

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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 35)

Other References

  1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  5. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  6. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  11. ...

The Jay Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jay 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.

This page was last modified on 2 January 2017 at 19:42.

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