Jessey is one of the oldest family names to come from the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It 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 Jessey family
The surname Jessey was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from very early times.
Early History of the Jessey family
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Jessey Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Jessey has undergone many spelling variations
, including Jesson, Jessen, Gesson and others.
Early Notables of the Jessey family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jessey family to Ireland
Some of the Jessey family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Jessey family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Jessey were among those contributors: Richard Jessen, who sailed to Philadelphia in 1852; Henry Jesson to Philadelphia in 1865 and George Jesson, also to Philadelphia in 1866.