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 The surname Jeffery makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain.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

Jeffery Early Origins



The surname Jeffery 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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Jeffery Spelling Variations


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Jeffery Spelling Variations



The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Jeffery have included Jeffreys, Jeffereys, Jefferies, Jeffers, Jefferis, Jefferyes, Jefferys, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jeffs, Jefries and many more.

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Jeffery Early History


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Jeffery Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeffery 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 Jeffery History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jeffery Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jeffery 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 Jeffery Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jeffery In Ireland


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Jeffery In Ireland



Some of the Jeffery 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



North America in the 1800s and 1900s saw the arrival of many Welsh people hoping to share in the wealth of land, work, and freedom that they felt North America held. Those who made the journey often attained those expectations, but only through an enormous amount of hard work, perseverance, and often a bout of good luck. These immigrants helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and culture of both Canada and the United States. Discovered in the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Jeffery:

Jeffery Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuell Jeffery, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • John Jeffery, who landed in Maryland in 1669

Jeffery Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Jeffery, who landed in New York in 1822
  • Henry Jeffery, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1838
  • John Jeffery, aged 32, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1852

Jeffery Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • William Jeffery, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749

Jeffery Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • W Jeffery, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Jeffery Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Elias Jeffery arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  • Jane Jeffery arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  • James Jeffery arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Baboo" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm
  • S. Jeffery arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849
  • Edward Jeffery arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jeffery Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Jeffery, aged 25, a farmer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • MAry Jeffery, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburgh" in 1840
  • William Jeffery arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Harkaway" in 1858
  • George Jeffery, aged 24, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1872

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffery (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffery (post 1700)



  • Alshon Jeffery (b. 1990), American NFL football wide receiver with the Chicago Bears
  • Sophia E. Jeffery, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1996
  • Scott A. Jeffery, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 2000
  • Robert Emmett Jeffery (1875-1935), American politician, Member of Arkansas State Legislature, 1900; State Court Judge in Arkansas, 1910-15; U.S. Minister to Uruguay, 1915-21
  • James Jeffery, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Idaho, 2004
  • Harry S. Jeffery, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 6th District, 1920
  • David E. Jeffery, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Niagara County 1st District, 1920-23; Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1948
  • Keith John Jeffery MRIA (1952-2016), Northern Irish historian, awarded the Prince Consort Prize (1978), Seeley Medal (1978) and Templer Medal (2007)
  • Bruce Leslie Jeffery (b. 1944), former Australian politician in NSW, Member for Oxley (1984-1988) and (1991-1999) and for Port Macquarie (1988-1991)
  • Jack Charles Jeffery (b. 1989), English football striker
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Jeffery Historic Events


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Jeffery Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Harry Jeffery, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Charles Thomas Jeffery, American 1st Class Passenger from Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. William Alfred Jeffery (d. 1912), aged 28, English Controller from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Suggested Readings for the name Jeffery


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Suggested Readings for the name Jeffery



  • A Genealogical Record of the Descendants of James Jeffery by Dale Hanks.

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Jeffery Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BABOO 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Baboo.htm

Other References

  1. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  8. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  11. ...

The Jeffery Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jeffery 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 1 December 2016 at 11:00.

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