The story of the Jellay family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The name Jellay was derived from Giles. The surname Jellay is derived from a corruption of this personal name
. Giles is derived from the Old Scandinavian personal name
Gilli, which came to the British Isles with the Vikings
who settled in the north of England
and in Scotland
in the 9th century AD. They came to the British Isles under the leadership of Sigurd the Stout after they were dispossessed of their lands by the King of Norway.
Early Origins of the Jellay family
The surname Jellay was first found in Ayrshire
(Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland
, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire
, 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 Jellay family
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Jellay Spelling Variations
are extremely common among Scottish names dating from this era because the arts of spelling and translation were not yet standardized. Spelling was done by sound, and translation from Gaelic to English was generally quite careless. In different records, Jellay has been spelled Jelly, Jellie, Jelley and others.
Early Notables of the Jellay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jellay family to the New World and Oceana
Those who made the voyage were greeted with ample opportunity to acquire land and a political climate far away from the oppressive monarchy of the old country. They settled along the east coast of what would become Canada and the United States. In the American War of Independence
, those who remained loyal to England
traveled north to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. In this century, many Scots living in North America have begun to recover their rich heritage through festivals, highland games, and Clan
societies. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Jellay: Hugh Jelly settled in Philadelphia in 1804; James Jelly settled in New York in 1823; Thomas Jelly, his wife Mary, and son Richard and his servants, settled in Barbados in 1678.
Contemporary Notables of the name Jellay (post 1700)
- Valerie "Val" Muriel Jellay (1927-2017), Australian actress, soubrette, singer, dancer and author