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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought the Jessop family name to the British Isles. Jessop comes from 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.

Jessop Early Origins



The surname Jessop 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.

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Jessop Spelling Variations


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Jessop Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Jessop, Jessope, Jesop, Jesope, Jessopp, Jessup and many more.

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Jessop Early History


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Jessop Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessop research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1658 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Jessop History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jessop Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jessop Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jessop Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jessop In Ireland


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Jessop In Ireland



Some of the Jessop 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Jessop or a variant listed above:

Jessop Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Jessop settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Dorothy Jessop, who landed in Maryland in 1652
  • Thomas Jessop, who arrived in Maryland in 1663
  • William Jessop, who landed in Maryland in 1677

Jessop Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Jessop, who landed in New York, NY in 1838

Jessop Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Francis Jessop, who arrived in Canada in 1823

Jessop Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Jessop, a painter, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Eliza Ann Jessop, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Standard"
  • David Jessop, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Duchess of Northumberland"

Jessop Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Jessop, aged 37, a mason, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Mary Jessop, aged 34, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Leah Jessop, aged 15, a servant, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Sarah Jessop, aged 11, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • Thomas Jessop, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Prince of Wales" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jessop (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jessop (post 1700)



  • Jonathan Jessop, American Republican politician, Postmaster at York, Pennsylvania, 1865-84
  • Peter Jessop (b. 1964), American film actor and voice actor
  • William Jessop (1745-1814), noted English civil engineer
  • Gilbert Laird Jessop (1874-1955), English cricket player
  • Graham Jessop (b. 1957), English deep sea diver, and marine archaeologist, discoverer of the RMS Carpathia and the HMS Edinburgh
  • Thomas Jessop (1804-1887), master cutler and mayor of Sheffield, funded a hospital for women
  • Elisha Jessop (1843-1918), Canadian doctor and politician
  • Clytie Jessop, British actor
  • Frank Jessop, founder of Jessops of Leicester, the British photographic chain

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Jessop Historic Events


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Jessop Historic Events




HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Burgess Jessop, British Leading Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Robert Nelson Jessop, English 2nd Class Cabin Bed Steward from Bootle, Lancashire, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Miss Violet Constance Jessop, aged 24, English Stewardess from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 16

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    2. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    9. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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    The Jessop Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jessop Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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