It was among those Anglo-Saxon
tribes that once ruled over Britain that the name Jessay was formed. The name was 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 Jessay family
The surname Jessay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Jessay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessay 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 Jessay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jessay 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 Jessay include Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.
Early Notables of the Jessay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jessay family to Ireland
Some of the Jessay 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.
Migration of the Jessay family to the New World and Oceana
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 Jessay 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.