Jeffrey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jeffrey family

The surname Jeffrey was first found in Peeblesshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd nam Pùballan), former county in South-central Scotland, in the present day Scottish Borders Council Area, 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.

Early History of the Jeffrey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jeffrey research. Another 80 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1296 and 1536 are included under the topic Early Jeffrey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jeffrey Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jaffray, Jaffrey, Jafery and others.

Early Notables of the Jeffrey family (pre 1700)

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


United States Jeffrey migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jeffrey Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Jeffrey, who arrived in Weymouth, Massachusetts in 1631 [1]
  • Thomas Jeffrey, who arrived in Maryland in 1680 [1]
Jeffrey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Jeffrey, aged 26, who arrived in Texas in 1829 [1]
  • James K Jeffrey, who arrived in New York in 1833 [1]
  • I Jeffrey, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [1]
  • George Jeffrey, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • Edward Jeffrey, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jeffrey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • John Jeffrey, who landed in Alabama in 1925 [1]

Australia Jeffrey migration to Australia +

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

Jeffrey Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Jeffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [2]
  • James Jeffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Theresa" in 1847 [2]
  • Ann Jeffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [3]
  • Rebecca Jeffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pakenham" in 1849 [3]
  • Samuel Jeffrey, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Susannah" in 1849 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jeffrey Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Mr. Charles Phil Jeffrey, (b. 1894), aged 6, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th October 1900 [5]
  • Miss Clara Jeffrey, (b. 1892), aged 8, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th October 1900 [5]
  • Mr. Harold Jeffrey, (b. 1900), aged Infant, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th October 1900 [5]
  • Mrs. Harriett Jeffrey, (b. 1868), aged 32, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th October 1900 [5]
  • Mr. John Jeffrey, (b. 1867), aged 33, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oruba" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th October 1900 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Jeffrey 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:

Jeffrey Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry Jeffrey, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [6]
  • Mr. Josiah Jeffrey, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Baltasara" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 20th January 1854 [6]
  • Mr. Phillip Jeffrey, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Baltasara" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 20th January 1854 [6]
  • Mr. John Jeffrey, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Baltasara" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 20th January 1854 [6]
  • Mr. Henry Jeffrey, British settler travelling from London, UK aboard the ship "Baltasara" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 20th January 1854 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffrey (post 1700) +

  • Paul Jeffrey (1933-2015), American jazz tenor saxophonist, arranger, and educator., best known for performing with Thelonious Monk (1970-1975)
  • Jared Jeffrey (b. 1990), American soccer player
  • Mildred McWilliams "Millie" Jeffrey (1910-2004), American political and social activist during the labor reforms and civil rights movements, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Arthur F. Jeffrey, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Army Air Forces, during World War II, credited with 14 aerial victories
  • Mildred Jeffrey (1910-2004), American Democrat politician, Member of Michigan Democratic State Central Committee, 1957-61; Member of Democratic National Committee from Michigan, 1961-69 [7]
  • James Franklin Jeffrey (b. 1946), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Albania, 2002-04; Turkey, 2008-10; Iraq, 2010- [7]
  • Harry Palmer Jeffrey (1901-1997), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 3rd District, 1943-45 [7]
  • George Jeffrey, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, 1929-33 [7]
  • Frank Rumer Jeffrey (b. 1889), American Republican politician, Private Secretary to U.S. Sen. Wesley L. Jones [7]
  • Dominick J. Jeffrey, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 13th District, 1986 [7]
  • ... (Another 12 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Miss Mary Ann Jeffrey (1897-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Calgary, Alberta, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [8]


The Jeffrey 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: Post nubillia phoebus
Motto Translation: After the clouds sunshine.


Suggested Readings for the name Jeffrey +

  • 2208 The Jeffrey Family by Mrs. Clarence Jeffrey.

  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) THERESA 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Theresa.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The PAKENHAM 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Pakenham.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUSANNAH 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Susannah.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  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
  8. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html


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