Jesan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The Jesan family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name for the son of Judd, which was a pet form for the Old English personal name Jordan.
Early Origins of the Jesan family
The surname Jesan was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Willelraus Gesson as holding lands there at that time. 
"Jesson was the name of a minister of Prestwold in the reign of Elizabeth. Two centuries ago Sir William Jesson resided at Burleigh Park, Loughborough." 
Early History of the Jesan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jesan research. Another 115 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1628, 1661, 1790, 1580, 1651, 1640, 1640, 1648, 1603, 1663 and are included under the topic Early Jesan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jesan Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Jesan include Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.
Early Notables of the Jesan family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jesan family to Ireland
Some of the Jesan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Jesan family
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Jesan were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Richard Jessen, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1852; Henry Jesson to Philadelphia in 1865 and George Jesson, also to Philadelphia in 1866.
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- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.