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 The surname Jeffs makes use of the patronymic suffix -son, which had superseded all other such suffixes in popularity by the 14th century, and was most common in the north of Britain.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

Jeffs Early Origins



The surname Jeffs 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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Jeffs Spelling Variations


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Jeffs 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 Jeffs has occasionally been spelled Jeffreys, Jeffereys, Jefferies, Jeffers, Jefferis, Jefferyes, Jefferys, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jeffs, Jefries and many more.

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Jeffs Early History


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Jeffs Early History



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

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Jeffs Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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Jeffs In Ireland


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Jeffs In Ireland



Some of the Jeffs 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



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 Jeffs:

Jeffs Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Jeffs, who landed in Virginia in 1662

Jeffs Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Jeffs, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Mary Jeffs who settled in Virginia in 1726

Jeffs Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Jeffs arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • James Jeffs, aged 24, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Agincourt"

Jeffs Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Jeffs landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • George Jeffs, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Ann Jeffs, aged 32, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • Louisa Jeffs, aged 12, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Gertrude" in 1841
  • C. R. Jeffs arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Barbara Gordon" in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffs (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jeffs (post 1700)



  • Christine Jeffs (b. 1963), New Zealand film director known for directing the British motion picture Sylvia

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Jeffs Historic Events


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Jeffs Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Ernest Wilfred Jeffs (1899-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Paris, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Kate Jeffs (1878-1914), née Holliday Canadian Third Class Passenger from Paris, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Francis William Jeffs (1921-1941), Australian Ordinary Seaman from Frankston, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Norman Jeffs (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from St Helens, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Jeffs Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Morgan, T. J. Morgan and Prys Morgan. Welsh Surnames. Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 1985. Print.
    3. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Davies, R. R. The Age of Conquest: Wales, 1063-1415. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2000. Print.
    7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    8. Rowlands, John, John Rowlands and Sheila Rowlands. Welsh Family History: A Guide to Research. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1999. Print. (ISBN 080631620).
    9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-005-8).
    10. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    11. ...

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