Jessan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The origins of the name Jessan are with the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived 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 Jessan family
The surname Jessan 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 Jessan family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessan 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 Jessan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jessan Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Jessan has been spelled many different ways, including Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.
Early Notables of the Jessan family (pre 1700)
Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jessan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jessan family to Ireland
Some of the Jessan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jessan family
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Jessans to arrive in North America: 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.