Jesse History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The generations and branches of the Jesse family share a name that has its roots in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. The name Jesse 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 Jesse family

The surname Jesse 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 Jesse family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jesse 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 Jesse History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jesse Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Jesse include Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.

Early Notables of the Jesse family (pre 1700)

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

Jesse Ranking

In the United States, the name Jesse is the 7,272nd most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Jesse family to Ireland

Some of the Jesse 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.


United States Jesse migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Jesse or a variant listed above:

Jesse Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Carl Jesse, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1892
  • Hermann Jesse, aged 17, who immigrated to the United States, in 1892
Jesse Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Curt Jesse, aged 24, who settled in America from Berlin, Germany, in 1909
  • Edward Jesse, aged 6, who landed in America from Ostrowck, Russia, in 1912
  • Berta Jesse, aged 32, who settled in America from Ostrowck, Russia, in 1912
  • Ferdinand Jesse, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1921
  • Ferdinand Jesse, aged 23, who settled in America, in 1921
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Jesse migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jesse Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Edith M. Jesse, aged 27, who settled in Victoria, Canada, in 1911
  • Emil Jesse, aged 20, who immigrated to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, in 1913
  • Ernestina Jesse, aged 24, who settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, in 1913
  • Albert Jesse, aged 29, who settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada, in 1913

Australia Jesse migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jesse Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
Jesse Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jesse Parfitt, (b. 1797), aged 37, English convict who was convicted in Somerset, England for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Bengal Merchant" on 27th September 1834, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jesse (post 1700) +

  • Richard Henry Jesse (1853-1921), American educator, 8th President of the University of Missouri (1891-1908)
  • John John Jesse (b. 1969), American illustrative painter
  • Virginia Jesse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 2008 [6]
  • Heinrich Jesse, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Amapala, 1916 [6]
  • Harold C. Jesse, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1940 [6]
  • George N. Jesse, American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 23rd District, 1920-23; Defeated, 1923; Candidate for New York State Senate 20th District, 1926 [6]
  • Francis Jesse, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for Michigan State Auditor General, 1930 [6]
  • John Heneage Jesse (1815-1874), English historical writer, son of Edward Jesse [q. v.] [7]
  • Edward Jesse (1780-1868), English writer on natural history, born at Hutton-Cranswick, near Driffield, Yorkshire, on 14 Jan. 1780, third son of the Rev. William Jesse, vicar of Hutton-Cranswick who was descended from a branch of the Languedoc Barons de Jessé Lévas, who emigrated to England after the revocation of the edict of Nantes [7]
  • Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse (1888-1958), English criminologist, journalist and author, great-niece of the poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Harold Jesse (b. 1908), English Chief Electrical Artificer serving for the Royal Navy from Portsmouth, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]


  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.
  3. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 7th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bengal-merchant
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  7. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 26 October 2020
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm


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