Jessee History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the Jessee name began with the ancient 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 Jessee family

The surname Jessee 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 Jessee family

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

Jessee Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jessee family name include Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.

Early Notables of the Jessee family (pre 1700)

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

Jessee Ranking

In the United States, the name Jessee is the 8,725th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

Ireland Migration of the Jessee family to Ireland

Some of the Jessee 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 Jessee migration to the United States +

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Jessee surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Jessee Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Jessee, who landed in Maryland in 1671 [4]
Jessee Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • H Jessee, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Lewis Jessee, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jessee (post 1700) +

  • Warren Jessee, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956 [5]
  • Randall S. Jessee, American Democratic Party politician, Chair of Clay County Democratic Party, 1949 [5]
  • Elmer V. Jessee, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1944 [5]
  • Beecher Jessee, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Virginia, 1956 [5]
  • Jessee Atherton Bynum (1796-1867), Congressional Representative from North Carolina
  • Jessee Ring, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Virginia, 2008 [6]


  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. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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