Jessep History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Jessep reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Jessep family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Jessep is based on the ancient personal name Joseph. The surname Jessop was a baptismal name which meant Joseph. [1]

Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Jessep family

The surname Jessep was first found in Sussex where William Josep was recorded in the Subsidy Rolls of 1296. [2]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 included an entry for Richard filius Josep in Cambridgeshire at that time and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Willelmus Josop and Johannes Jesop as holding lands there. [3]

Early History of the Jessep family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessep research. Another 108 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1612, 1663, 1746, 1602, 1658, 1602, 1624, 1631, 1632, 1643, 1643 and 1648 are included under the topic Early Jessep History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jessep Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Jessep are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Jessep include Jessop, Jessope, Jesop, Jesope, Jessopp, Jessup and many more.

Early Notables of the Jessep family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Constantine Jessop (1602?-1658), an English Presbyterian minister, son of John Jessop, minister at Pembroke, was born about 1602. In 1624, at the age of twenty-two, he was entered as a student at Jesus College, Oxford. "Thence he went to Trinity College, Dublin, and there graduated B.A. He was incorporated B.A. at Oxford on 30 June 1631, and graduated M.A. on 8 May 1632. On 11 May...
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jessep Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Jessep family to Ireland

Some of the Jessep family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Australia Jessep migration to Australia +

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

Jessep Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elizabeth Jessep, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [4]


  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm


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