Jerome History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Jerome is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jerome comes from the Old French given name Jerome, which itself was originally derived from the Greek name Hieronymos. The Greek name was composed of the elements hieros, which means sacred, and onyma, which means name. [1]

Early Origins of the Jerome family

The surname Jerome was first found in Berkshire where the first record of the Jerome family was as an early spelling as a forename, German Curzun who was listed there in 1206. The Curia Regis Rolls also included Jeronimus, Geronimus, Gerarmus de Curzun in Berkshire and Staffordshire (1206-1211.) A few years later, Jerom' de Ponte Burgi was found in the Assize Rolls for Yorkshire in 1219 and later again, Jeronimus de Normaneby was listed in the Pipe Rolls for Lincolnshire in 1230. [2]

Early History of the Jerome family

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Jerome Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Jerome, Jerrome, Jerram, Jeran, Jarrom, Jerrems, Gerome, Gerram and many more.

Early Notables of the Jerome family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Stephen Jerome (fl. 1604-1650), an English miscellaneous writer, was educated at St. John's College, Cambridge, where he proceeded B.A. in 1604, and M.A. in 1607. In 1619 he was a preacher at St. Nicholas's Church, Newcastle (cf. Ambrose Barnes, Memoirs, p. 305, Surtees Society). Writing from Ireland in 1624, he describes himself as ‘domesticke chaplain to the Rt...
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Jerome Ranking

In the United States, the name Jerome is the 4,966th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Jerome is ranked the 1,758th most popular surname with an estimated 3,462 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Jerome family to Ireland

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United States Jerome migration to the United States +

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jerome or a variant listed above:

Jerome Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Jerome, who sailed to New Orleans in 1820
  • Joseph Jerome to New York in 1830
  • R. L. Jerome to San Francisco in 1851
  • R L Jerome, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

Australia Jerome migration to Australia +

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

Jerome Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jerome Savory, English convict who was convicted in Dorset, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jerome (post 1700) +

  • William Jerome (1865-1932), American songwriter
  • Jennie Jerome (1854-1921), American society beauty, mother of Winston Churchill
  • Chauncey Jerome (1793-1868), American clockmaker
  • John Hanson Thomas Jerome, American politician, Mayor of Baltimore, Maryland, 1850-52 [7]
  • James D. Jerome (b. 1875), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 1st District, 1905-08, 1911-22 [7]
  • J. E. Jerome, American politician, Mayor of Rock Hill, South Carolina, 1954 [7]
  • George Jerome, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1856 [7]
  • Edward J. Jerome, American Democratic Party politician, Candidate for Delegate to Michigan State Constitutional Convention from Huron County, 1961 [7]
  • David Howell Jerome (1829-1896), American Republican politician, Member of Michigan State Senate, 1863-68; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1868; Governor of Michigan, 1881-82; Defeated, 1882 [7]
  • Chauney Jerome, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Bristol, 1834 [7]
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Jerome +

  • The Greer, Sabin, Elliott, and Jerome Ancestors by Olive Daniels.

  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
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  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from
  7. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from on Facebook