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The Jess name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Jess is derived from the baptismal name for the son of Judd, which was a pet form for the Old English personal name Jordan.

Jess Early Origins



The surname Jess was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.

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Jess Spelling Variations


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Jess Spelling Variations



Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jess were recorded, including Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.

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Jess Early History


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Jess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jess research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1628, 1580, 1651, 1640, 1640, 1648, 1603 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Jess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jess Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jess In Ireland


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Jess In Ireland



Some of the Jess family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 103 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Jess family emigrate to North America:

Jess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Jess, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712

Jess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joha Jess, aged 17, landed in New York, NY in 1874

Jess Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Joseph Jess, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Jess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Jess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849
  • Samuel Jess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jess (post 1700)



  • Frank B. Jess, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1912
  • Lieutenant-General Sir Carl Herman Jess (1884-1948), Australian Chairman of Manpower Committee, Department of Defence from 1939 to 1944

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    4. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    5. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
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    The Jess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jess Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 9 December 2015 at 10:12.

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