Jodray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The ancestors of the bearers of the Jodray family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Derbyshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.
Early Origins of the Jodray family
The surname Jodray was first found in Derbyshire where "the family are traced to the Peak of Derbyshire in the year 1286, and there till the latter end of the XVIII century the elder line continued. William Juaderell, the head of the family, temp. Edward III, served under the Black Prince in the wars in France." 
Yeardsley in Cheshire was another ancient family seat. "The lands [of Yeardsley] appear to have been the property of the Jodrells since the time of Henry VI.: Sir Francis Jodrell, of Henbury, is the present proprietor." 
Early History of the Jodray family
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Jodray Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Jodray include Jodrell, Jaderell, Jaudrell, Jawdrell, Jodrel and others.
Early Notables of the Jodray family
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Migration of the Jodray family
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled 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 ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Jodray or a variant listed above: Elizabeth Jodrell settled in Barbados in 1672.
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Non sibi sed patriae natus
Motto Translation: Not born for himself, but for his country.
- Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.