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Early Origins of the Jelks family

The surname Jelks was first found in Cambridgeshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century when they held estates in that shire.

Early History of the Jelks family

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Jelks Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gilkes, Gelkes, Jilkes, Gilks, Gilkins, Gilkin, Jelkes, Jelks, Jelke, Jilke, Jilk, Gilk, Gilks, Gelke, Gelkes and many more.

Early Notables of the Jelks family (pre 1700)

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Jelks Ranking

In the United States, the name Jelks is the 14,287th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

Migration of the Jelks family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Jelks (post 1700) +

  • Gregory Dion Jelks (1961-2017), American Major League Baseball player for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1987 and later for the Australia national baseball team
  • Amanda Renee Jelks (b. 1986), American actress
  • William Dorsey Jelks (1855-1931), American Democratic politician who was the 32nd Governor of Alabama
  • William Dorsey Jelks (1855-1931), American Democratic Party politician, Member of Alabama State Senate; Governor of Alabama, 1900, 1901-04, 1905-07; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Alabama, 1912 [2]
  • J. T. Jelks, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Gold Democrat National Convention from Arkansas, 1896 [2]
  • Godfrey Jelks, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 19th District, 2008 [2]

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook