Jayan is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Jayan is a name that comes from the personal name Jacob,
the Latin Jacobus
via the Late Latin Jacomus.
The Latin Jacobus
is derived from the Hebrew
which is traditionally interpreted as coming from the Hebrew akev,
which means heel.
Early Origins of the Jayan family
The surname Jayan was first found in Surrey
where they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. Anciently they held lands in Normandy
as St. James.
Early History of the Jayan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jayan research.Another 397 words (28 lines of text) covering the years 1210, 1610, 1681, 1653, 1620, 1700, 1661, 1679, 1689, 1690, 1619, 1670, 1654, 1656, 1624, 1705, 1659, 1626, 1685, 1659, 1673, 1702, 1644 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Jayan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jayan Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled James, Fitzjames, St. James, Jaimes, Geames and many more.
Early Notables of the Jayan family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John James (c.
1610-1681), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1653 who served in the Parliamentary army in the English Civil War; Roger James (c 1620-1700), an English landowner and politician, Member of Parliament for Reigate (1661-1679) and... Another 81 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jayan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jayan family to Ireland
Some of the Jayan family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 43 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jayan family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jayan or a variant listed above were: Edmund James, who settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630; Blanch James, a servant sent to Barbados in 1658; David James, who came to Nevis in 1661; Abel James, who arrived in Maryland in 1670.
The Jayan 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: J'aime à jamais
Motto Translation: I love forever.