Show ContentsJerrold History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Jerrold begins with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from the son of Gerard. The surname Jerrold was originally derived from the Old German Gerhard which meant spear-brave. 1

Early Origins of the Jerrold family

The surname Jerrold was first found in the Domesday Book of 1086 where the Latin form Gerardus and Girardus were listed. 2 The Latin form prevailed into the next century when Gerardus was listed in Norfolk in 1134-1140, and in 1149-1162 in Lincolnshire. 1

Other early records include: John, Hugo Gerard in the Pipe Rolls for Northumberland in 1199; William Gerart in the Assize Rolls for Staffordshire in 1281; Henry Jerard in the Feet of Fines for Essex in 1284; John Gerrard, Thomas Garard, and William Garrarde in Yorkshire in 1412, 1429 and 1458. 1

Gerard (died 21 May 1108), "Archbishop of York, was the nephew of Walkelin, bishop of Winchester, and his brother Simeon, abbot of Ely, and therefore, possibly, a distant kinsman of the Conqueror. He was precentor of the cathedral of Rouen, and afterwards a clerk of William Rufus's chapel and chancery. William dispatched him in 1095, in company with William of Warelwast, afterwards bishop of Exeter, to the papal court on a secret and delicate mission in connection with the dispute between the king and Anselm. The alleged object of their embassage was to investigate the claims of the two rival popes." 3

He was Lord Chancellor of England (1085-1092) appointed by William I, and later Archbishop of York (1100-1108.) He may have been with the king's hunting party when William II was killed, as he witnessed the first charter issued by the new king, Henry I of England, a few days later.

Windle with Hardshaw in Lancashire was home to the family in later years. "In the reign of Edward III., the manor was held under William Boteler by Peter de Burnhull, with whose heiress the Gerards acquired the property; and this latter family are the present lords. Windle Hall belongs to Sir John Gerard, Bart., at whose annual court lor the manor of Windle, officers are chosen for the township." 4

"Gerrard or Gerard is a very old Lancashire name. The Gerards of Bryn were lords of the manor of Brindle from the 14th to the 16th century: this distinguished family stands amongst the foremost of the Lancashire families, both in early and in more recent times, and received a baronetcy from James I." 5

"The Gerrards were an ancient and titled Cheshire family. The Lords Gerard of Gerards Bromley from the 16th to the 18th century were descended from the Gerards of Ince in Lancashire; the Gerards of Kingsley and Crewood came from Hawarden in Flintshire in the time of Edward I. " 5

Early History of the Jerrold family

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Jerrold Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Jerrold has been recorded under many different variations, including Gerrard, Gerard, Jarrard, Jared, Garrad, Garred, Jarratt, Jarrett and many more.

Early Notables of the Jerrold family

Notables of the family at this time include John Gerard (Gerarde) (1545-1611), an English botanist and herbalist, who maintained a large herbal garden in London, eponym of the botanical genus Gerardia; Sir Gilbert Gerard (died 1593), a prominent lawyer, politician, and landowner who served six times as a member of the English parliament, Attorney-General (1559) Master of the Rolls (1581); Sir Thomas Gerard, 1st Baron Gerard (ca. 1564-1618); Gilbert Gerard, 2nd Baron Gerard (d. 1622); Dutton Gerard, 3rd Baron Gerard (1613-1640); Charles Gerard, 4th Baron Gerard (1634-1667); Sir Gilbert Gerard, 1st Baronet of Harrow on...
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United States Jerrold migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jerrold or a variant listed above:

Jerrold Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Edward M Jerrold, who arrived in Arkansas in 1891 6

Contemporary Notables of the name Jerrold (post 1700) +

  • Douglas William Jerrold (1803-1857), English man of letters, youngest son of Samuel Jerrold, an actor, by his second wife, a Miss Reid, born in London, 3 Jan. 1803
  • William Blanchard Jerrold (1826-1884), English journalist and author, born in London on 23 Dec. 1826, the eldest son of Douglas Jerrold [q. v.]
  • Howard Jerrold Zuker (1940-2024), known professionally as Zack Norman, American actor, comedian, film producer, and art collector
  • Milton Jerrold Shapp (1912-1994), American Democratic Party politician, Served in the U.S. Army during World War II; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1964, 1972; Governor of Pennsylvania, 1971-79; Candidate for Democratic nomination for President, 1976 7
  • Jerrold Samuels (1938-2023), American singer, songwriter and record producer who under the pseudonym Napoleon XIV had the one-hit wonder "They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa!" in 1966
  • Jerrold Bates Tunnell (1950-2022), American mathematician, known for his work in number theory, Associate Professor of Mathematics at Rutgers University
  • Jerrold Lundquist, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Connecticut, 2008
  • Jerrold A. Weissman, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Montana, 1988 8
  • Jerrold Martin North (b. 1931), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Djibouti, 1980-82 9
  • Jerrold Immel (b. 1936), American three-time Primetime Emmy Award nominated television music composer, best known for his theme for the show Dallas(1978), Guns of Paradise (1988) and Dallas (2012)

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  6. 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)
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