Jeay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Jeay is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Jeay 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.

Early Origins of the Jeay family

The surname Jeay was first found in Herefordshire at Heath, with Jay, a township, in the parish of Leintwardine, union of Ludlow, hundred of Wigmore. [1] This small township had only 55 inhabitants in the late 1800s and comprises the hamlets of Heath and Jay.

Important Dates for the Jeay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeay research. Another 62 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1495, 1553, 1530, 1534 and 1529 are included under the topic Early Jeay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jeay Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Jay, Jaye, Jayes and others.

Early Notables of the Jeay family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Jeay family

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Jeay or a variant listed above: Thomas Jay settled in Virginia in 1635; William Jay settled in Barbados in 1663; Thomas Jay settled in Barbados in 1654.

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  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
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