Jekyll History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jekyll is from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of the Britain and comes from the baptismal nameJukel or Gikel. The surname Jekyll referred to the son of Jukel which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Jekyll family

The surname Jekyll was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Jekyll family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jekyll research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1174, 1201, 1273, 1273, 1670, 1663, 1738, 1697, 1717, 1702, 1717 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Jekyll History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jekyll Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Jekyll has been spelled many different ways, including Jeckell, Jeckel, Jekyl, Jekyll, Jeckyll, Jeckyl, Jekylls, Jekel and many more.

Early Notables of the Jekyll family (pre 1700)

Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jekyll Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Jekyll family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Jekylls to arrive in North America: John Jeckyll, who sailed to New England in 1733; George Jekel to Philadelphia in 1844; Peter Jeckel to America in 1853; Thomas Jaekle to New York in 1861.


Contemporary Notables of the name Jekyll (post 1700) +

  • David T. Jekyll, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 51st District, 1913-14 [1]
  • Gertrude Jekyll (1843-1932), British landscape artist and author, known for her books 'Wood and Garden' and 'Home and Garden,' during her lifetime she wrote over 1,000 articles for various magazines
  • Dame Agnes Jekyll DBE (1861-1937), née Graham, a Scottish-born British artist, writer and philanthropist


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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