The ancestors of the Jessopp family first reached the shores of England
in the wave of migration after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. Their name is derived 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.
Early Origins of the Jessopp family
The surname Jessopp 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 Jessopp family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jessopp research.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1601, 1658 and 1624 are included under the topic Early Jessopp History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jessopp Spelling Variations
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England
, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Jessop, Jessope, Jesop, Jesope, Jessopp, Jessup and many more.
Early Notables of the Jessopp family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jessopp family to Ireland
Some of the Jessopp 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 Jessopp family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Jessopp or a variant listed above: Walter Jessup settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1635; Thomas Jessupp settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Jessop settled in Massachusetts in 1635; Edward Jessup of Yorkshire
settled in Fairfield, Conn. in 1639..