Jeb History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jeb is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from the baptismal name Geoffery. The surname Jeb referred to the son of Geoffrey which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. [1]

In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Jeb family

The surname Jeb was first found in Suffolk, where William Gebbe was listed in the Subsidy Roll for 1327. [2]

Early History of the Jeb family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeb research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1327, 1508, 1719, 1735, 1736, 1786, 1787, 1736, 1694, 1772, 1694, 1709, 1775 and 1833 are included under the topic Early Jeb History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jeb Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Jeb include Jebb, Jeb, Jebbe, Gebbe, Gebb and others.

Early Notables of the Jeb family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include John Jebb (1736-1786), theological and political writer, eldest son of John Jebb, D.D., Dean of Cashel (d. 6 Feb. 1787), by Ann, daughter of Daniel Gansel of Donnyland Hall, Essex, was born in Ireland (Munk says in London) on 16 Feb. 1736. [3] Samuel Jebb (1694?-1772), physician and scholar, born about 1694, probably at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, was second son of Samuel Jebb, a...
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Ireland Migration of the Jeb family to Ireland

Some of the Jeb family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jeb family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: John Jebb, who sailed to America in 1752; Rachel Jebb to America in 1805; Thomas and James Jebb to Philadelphia in 1856; and William Jebb to Philadelphia in 1858..


Contemporary Notables of the name Jeb (post 1700) +

  • Jeb Livingood, American essayist, short story writer, editor, and academic, awarded the 2002 A.E. Coppard Prize for Long Fiction and was a finalist for the 2001 Jack Dyer Fiction Prize
  • Jeb Corliss (b. 1976), American professional BASE jumper, skydiver, and wingsuit flyer
  • Jeb Hensarling (b. 1957), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Texas 5th District, 2003- [4]


  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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