Jessay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 included Willelraus Gesson as holding lands there at that time. [1]

"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." [2]

Early History of the Jessay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessay 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 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)

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jessay Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland 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 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 Jessay 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 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.



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.


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