Jellison History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the name Jellison begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name Jellison is derived from Giles. The surname Jellison 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 Jellison family

The surname Jellison 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 Jellison family

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Jellison Spelling Variations

Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Jellison has been spelled Jelly, Jellie, Jelley and others.

Early Notables of the Jellison family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Jellison family

The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Jellison or a variant listed above, including: 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 Jellison (post 1700) +

  • Margaret T. Jellison, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Massachusetts, 1948, 1956 [1]
  • Charles A. Jellison (1894-1963), American Republican politician, Postmaster at Bangor, Maine, 1960-63 (acting, 1960-63) [1]


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


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