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 The surname Jeffers makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain.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

Jeffers Early Origins



The surname Jeffers 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 1060 A.D.

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Jeffers Spelling Variations


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Jeffers Spelling Variations



Compared to other ancient cultures found in the British Isles, the number of Welsh surnames are relatively few, but there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations. These spelling variations began almost as soon as surname usage became common. People could not specify how to spell their own names leaving the specific recording up to the individual scribe or priest. Those recorders would then spell the names as they heard them, causing many different variations. Later, many Welsh names were recorded in English. This transliteration process was extremely imprecise since the Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh used many sounds the English language was not accustomed to. Finally, some variations occurred by the individual's design: a branch loyalty within a family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations were indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The Jeffers name over the years has been spelled Jeffers, Jefferson, Jeffson, Jephson and others.

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Jeffers Early History


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Jeffers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeffers research. Another 235 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1821, 1720, 1691, 1720 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Jeffers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jeffers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jeffers Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Jeffers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jeffers In Ireland


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Jeffers In Ireland



Some of the Jeffers family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 95 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



Many Welsh joined the great migrations to North America in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Like their Scottish and Irish neighbors, many Welsh families left their homeland hoping to find hope and prosperity in a land that the English did not exercise a tight rule over. Those Welsh immigrants that successfully traveled to North America went on to make significant contributions to the rapid development of both Canada and the United States in terms of the settling of land and the establishment of industry. They also added to the rich cultural heritage of both countries. An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Jeffers:

Jeffers Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas and John Jeffers settled in Virginia in 1642
  • Tho Jeffers, who landed in Virginia in 1642
  • Hugh Jeffers, who arrived in Virginia in 1655
  • Eleanor Jeffers, who landed in Maryland in 1663-1664
  • Eliza, Jeffers Jr., who arrived in Maryland in 1663-1664

Jeffers Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Jeffers, who arrived in New York in 1785

Jeffers Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Jeffers, who landed in America in 1801
  • William Jeffers, who landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Anthony Jeffers, who arrived in New York, NY in 1815
  • S Jeffers, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Harry J Jeffers, who landed in Mississippi in 1885

Jeffers Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Jeffers, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760

Jeffers Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Humphrey Jeffers, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Thomas Jeffers, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Jeffers, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Eliza Jeffers, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Jeffers, aged 15, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Matilda" from Cork, Ireland

Jeffers Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • J Jeffers, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffers (post 1700)



  • Commodore William Nicholson Jeffers (1824-1883), U.S. Navy officer of the 19th century
  • Brent Jeffers, American football coach in the United States
  • Henry Williams Jeffers (1871-1953), American dairy man and Republican Party politician
  • Maurice Jeffers (b. 1979), American professional basketball player
  • Patrick Christopher Jeffers (b. 1973), former American football wide receiver
  • Hamilton Moore Jeffers (1893-1978), noted American astronomer
  • Lamar Jeffers (1888-1983), U.S. Representative from Alabama
  • Othyus Jeffers (b. 1985), American professional basketball player
  • John Robinson Jeffers (1887-1962), American poet
  • Burton H. Jeffers, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Wayne County, 1944
  • ... (Another 23 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: A cruce salus
Motto Translation: Salvation from the cross.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    7. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    11. ...

    The Jeffers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jeffers 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.

    This page was last modified on 28 November 2016 at 21:54.

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