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.
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 Yorkshire
where they held a family seat
from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy
, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Jessep family
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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)
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Migration of the Jessep family to Ireland
Some of the Jessep family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 39 words (3 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 Jessep family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Jessep Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Elizabeth Jessep, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 CITATION[CLOSE]
State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm