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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 The surname Jefferies makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain.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.

Jefferies Early Origins



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.

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Jefferies Spelling Variations


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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.

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Jefferies Early History


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Jefferies Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jefferies research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1645, 1689, 1610, 1685, 1643, 1613, 1703, 1674 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Jefferies History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jefferies Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jefferies Early Notables (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)...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jefferies Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jefferies In Ireland


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Jefferies In Ireland



Some of the Jefferies family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Andrew Jefferies settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Thomas Jefferies settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Andrew Jefferies, aged 24, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Jefferies, aged 24, landed in New England in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jefferies Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James W Jefferies, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835

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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Thomas Jefferies, English convict from Dorset, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • James Jefferies, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar"
  • John Jefferies, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast"
  • Thomas Jefferies, aged 24, a farm labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Monsoon"

Jefferies Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Jefferies, aged 31, a farmer, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842
  • Sarah Jefferies, aged 30, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Thomas Harrison" in 1842

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jefferies (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jefferies (post 1700)



  • 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
  • R. M. Jefferies Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from South Carolina, 1964
  • John C. Jefferies, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Laredo, Texas, 1878
  • Jervas Jefferies, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Tehuantepec, 1897; Salina Cruz, 1897
  • James R. Jefferies, American Democrat politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 1st District, 1942
  • Hardie H. Jefferies, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 15th District, 1926
  • Charles R. Jefferies, American Democrat politician, Mayor of Wilmington, Delaware; Elected 1895
  • Chris Jefferies (b. 1980), American basketball player
  • Gregg Jefferies (b. 1967), American baseball infielder
  • Matt Jefferies (1921-2003), American artist, set designer and writer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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  1. ^ 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
  2. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Jefferies Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jefferies Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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