Jefferson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

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 The surname Jefferson makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain.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

The surname Jefferson 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.

Important Dates for the Jefferson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jefferson research. Another 118 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1821, 1720, 1691, 1720 and 1797 are included under the topic Early Jefferson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jefferson Spelling Variations

Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Jefferson has occasionally been spelled Jeffers, Jefferson, Jeffson, Jephson and others.

Early Notables of the Jefferson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Jefferson family to Ireland

Some of the Jefferson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 53 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jefferson migration to the United States

The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Jefferson:

Jefferson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Jefferson, who settled in Virginia in 1620
  • James Jefferson, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [1]
  • Robert Jefferson, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • Alice Jefferson, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 [1]
  • Mary Jefferson, who settled in Virginia in 1653
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jefferson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Edward Jefferson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Weldon Jefferson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Frances Jefferson, who landed in Virginia in 1711 [1]
Jefferson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Jefferson, who landed in New York in 1836 [1]
  • T H Jefferson, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • William Jefferson, who landed in Mississippi in 1853 [1]

Jefferson migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jefferson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Robert Jefferson, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Robert Jefferson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1774

Jefferson migration to Australia

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

Jefferson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Francis Jefferson, aged 42, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [2]
  • Francis Jefferson, aged 42, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [2]
  • Anne Jefferson, aged 25, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [2]
  • Thomas Jefferson, aged 13, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [2]
  • Mary Jefferson, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jefferson 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:

Jefferson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Benj Jefferson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1841 aboard the ship Lady Nugent
  • Benjamin Jefferson, aged 45, a farm labourer, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Sarah Jefferson, aged 37, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" in 1841
  • Mr. Benjamin Jefferson, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Lady Nugent" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 17th March 1841 [3]
  • James Jefferson, aged 23, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Seringapatam" in 1856
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jefferson (post 1700)

  • Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), American politician, U.S. Minister to France, 1785-89; U.S. Secretary of State, 1790-93; Vice President of the United States, 1797-1801; President of the United States, 1801-09 [4]
  • George Leo "Jeff" Jefferson (1922-1985), American Negro league baseball pitcher who played from 1942 and 1950, Negro League World Series Champion (1945)
  • Willie "Bill" Jefferson (1904-1976), American Negro league baseball pitcher who played from 1937 and 1948, Negro League World Series Champion (1945)
  • Margo Lillian Jefferson (b. 1947), American theater critic at The New York Times awarded the 1995 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • Doris Jefferson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1980 [4]
  • Donald C. Jefferson, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952 [4]
  • Charles Jefferson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1996, 2008 [4]
  • Betty L. Jefferson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 1996 [4]
  • Bennie Jefferson, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Louisiana, 2000 [4]
  • Benjamin Lafayette Jefferson (1871-1950), American Democrat politician, Member of Colorado State House of Representatives, 1898-1900; Member of Colorado State Senate, 1900-08; Presidential Elector for Colorado, 1908 [4]
  • ... (Another 45 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Jefferson family

HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Reginald Jefferson, British Ordnance Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [5]

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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 Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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