Jodrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Jodrell name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in Derbyshire, where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

Early Origins of the Jodrell family

The surname Jodrell 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." [1]

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." [2]

Early History of the Jodrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jodrell research. Another 60 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 171 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Jodrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jodrell Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jodrell were recorded, including Jodrell, Jaderell, Jaudrell, Jawdrell, Jodrel and others.

Early Notables of the Jodrell family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Jodrell Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


West Indies Jodrell migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [3]
Jodrell Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Elizabeth Jodrell, who settled in Barbados in 1672

Contemporary Notables of the name Jodrell (post 1700) +

  • Richard Paul Jodrell (1745-1831), English classical scholar and dramatist, born on 13 Nov. 1745, elder brother of Sir Paul Jodrell, M.D. [q. v.] [4]
  • Sir Paul Jodrell (d. 1803), English physician, second son of Paul Jodrell of Duffield, Derbyshire, solicitor-general to Frederick, prince of Wales, by Elizabeth, daughter of Richard Warner of North Elmham, Norfolk [4]


The Jodrell Motto +

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.


  1. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  4. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 26 October 2020


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