Jefferies History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jefferies surname is a patronymic name that comes from the personal names Geoffrey and Godfrey. These names appear in Old English as Geffrey and in Old French as Jefroi or Jeufroi. The surname Jefferies makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain. This suffix was sometimes abbreviated to -s.

Early Origins of the Jefferies family

The surname Jefferies was first found in Herefordshire, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Important Dates for the Jefferies family

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Jefferies Spelling Variations

Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Jefferies has seen various spelling variations: Jeffreys, Jeffereys, Jefferies, Jeffers, Jefferis, Jefferyes, Jefferys, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jeffs, Jefries and many more.

Early Notables of the Jefferies family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was George Jeffreys, 1st Baron Jeffreys of Wem (1645-1689), Welsh jurist & politician, known as "The Hanging Judge," Lord Chancellor of Britain; George Jeffreys (ca.1610-1685)...
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Migration of the Jefferies family to Ireland

Some of the Jefferies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Jefferies migration to the United States

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many people from Wales joined the general migration to North America in search of land, work, and freedom. These immigrants greatly contributed to the rapid development of the new nations of Canada and the United States. They also added a rich and lasting cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Jefferies:

Jefferies Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nathanael Jefferies, who arrived in Virginia in 1622 [1]
  • Andrew Jefferies, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Thomas Jefferies, who settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Andrew Jefferies, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Edward Jefferies, aged 24, who landed in New England in 1635 [1]
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Jefferies Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James W Jefferies, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [1]

Jefferies migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jefferies Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • John Jefferies, English convict from Oxford, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Thomas Jefferies, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Samuel Jefferies (Jeffreys), (b. 1796), aged 42, Cornish house carpenter and jointer, from Polperro, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Layton" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 18th January 1838 [4]
  • Mrs. Anne Jefferies (Jeffreys), (b. 1802), aged 36, English tailoress, from Bideford, Devon, England, UK travelling aboard the ship "Layton" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 18th January 1838 [4]
  • Mr. David Jefferies (Jeffreys), (b. 1820), aged 18, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Layton" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 18th January 1838 [4]
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Jefferies migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jefferies Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Jefferies, aged 31, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Sarah Jefferies, aged 30, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Mr. Samuel Jefferies, (b. 1811), aged 31, British agricultural labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [5]
  • Mrs. Sarah Jefferies, (b. 1812), aged 30, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 28th October 1842 [5]
  • Mrs. Jefferies, British settler travelling from London with 7 children aboard the ship "Maori" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand via Nelson and Wellington on 1st March 1852 [6]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Jefferies (post 1700)

  • Chris Jefferies (b. 1980), American basketball player
  • Gregg Jefferies (b. 1967), American baseball infielder
  • Matt Jefferies (1921-2003), American artist, set designer and writer
  • Richard Manning Jefferies (1889-1964), American Democrat politician, Member of South Carolina State Senate from Colleton County, 1927-58; Governor of South Carolina, 1942-43 [7]
  • R. M. Jefferies Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1964 [7]
  • John C. Jefferies, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Laredo, Texas, 1878 [7]
  • Jervas Jefferies, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Tehuantepec, 1897; Salina Cruz, 1897 [7]
  • James R. Jefferies, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1942 [7]
  • Hardie H. Jefferies, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 15th District, 1926 [7]
  • Charles R. Jefferies, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware; Elected 1895 [7]
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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Asia 1 voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1820 with 192 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1820
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  5. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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