Jeayes History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jeayes arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Jeayes 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 Jeayes family

The surname Jeayes 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 Jeayes family

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

Jeayes Spelling Variations

A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Jay, Jaye, Jayes and others.

Early Notables of the Jeayes family (pre 1700)

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

Migration of the Jeayes family

Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Jeayes 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.


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