Show ContentsJeremy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Jeremy comes from the baptismal name German. The surname Jeremy referred to the son of German 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 Jeremy family

The surname Jeremy was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the original Latin form of the name Germanus was first listed. [1]

As a forename Jerman filius Willelmi was found in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1248. John Jarman was listed in Norfolk in 1227. Phillippus Germani was found in the Feet of Fines for Dorset in 1236. Johannes Jeremie was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Yorkshire in 1196. [2]

Early History of the Jeremy family

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Jeremy Spelling Variations

One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Jeremy has appeared include Jarman, Jarmain, Jermayne, Jermain, Jermyn, Jermin and many more.

Early Notables of the Jeremy family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Sir Ambrose Jermyn; his son, Sir Robert Jermyn DL (1539-1614) was an English politician, High Sheriff of Suffolk for 1579; Sir Thomas Jermyn (1573-1645) was an English politician, Member of Parliament for Andover (1604-1611), and Bury St Edmunds (1614-1629); and Henry Jermyn, 1st Earl of Saint Albans, KG (1605-1684), an English politician and courtier. He was second son of Sir Thomas Jermyn, knt., by Mary Barber. In 1624 Jermyn was gentleman in attendance on the embassy to Paris, and in 1628 he represented Liverpool in parliament. On 2 July 1628 he was appointed...
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Ireland Migration of the Jeremy family to Ireland

Some of the Jeremy family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Australia Jeremy migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jeremy Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Peter Jeremy, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1860 aboard the ship "Ramillies" [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jeremy (post 1700) +

  • Harold Jeremy, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1952 [4]
  • Richard Jeremy Gaitskell (b. 1965), American physicist and professor at Brown University, a leading scientist in the search for particle dark matter
  • Philip Jeremy Gittins (b. 1956), English actor, best known for his role as the Vicar on the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances
  • Sir Patrick Jeremy Walker KCB (1932-2021), British civil servant who was Director General (DG) of MI5, the United Kingdom's internal security service, from 1988 to 1992
  • Major-General Mark Jeremy Strudwick CBE (1945-2021), British Army officer, who served as General Officer Commanding Scotland from 1997 to 2000
  • Richard Jeremy Ormston (b. 1961), British Archdeacon of Northampton (2014-)
  • Mr. Adrian Jeremy Pearce B.E.M., British Police Constable for Metropolitan Police Service, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Policing [5]
  • David Jeremy Scrivener (b. 1965), Australian actor from Sandy Bay, Tasmania, best known for his appearances on the television series Bananas in Pajamas and The Girl from Tomorrow Part II: Tomorrow's End
  • Jody Jeremy Nunley (1971-2018), American football defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers (1994-1995) and the Carolina Panthers (1995-1996)
  • David Jeremy Hone (b. 1946), Australian former first-class cricketer for Oxford University (1970) and Australian rules footballer for Melbourne in the Victorian Football League

The Jeremy Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: nec ab oriente nec ab occidente
Motto Translation: Neither from the east nor from the west.

  1. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILLIES 1860. Retrieved
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from
  5. "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, on Facebook