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The name Jell arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jell comes from the classical French name Gellius. The name is also a pet form of the female given name Juliana or Gillian, and occasionally was given to children through rare metronymic descent. This occasionally occurred if a man married twice; in such a case the children of his second marriage would bear the name of their mother to distinguish them from the children of their father's first marriage.
The surname Jell was first found in Yorkshire 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.
Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Gell, Gill, Jell and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jell research. Another 225 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1651, 1719, 1740, 1806, 1775, 1842, 1st , 1593, 1671, 1612 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Jell History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Jell or a variant listed above: John Gell who arrived in Philadelphia in 1741.
The Jell Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jell 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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