The name Jolia is rooted in the ancient Norman culture that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
in 1066. It was a name for someone who was a person originating in France, and was associated with the French Huguenots. This nickname
surname originated with an early member who was a happy and lively person. But we must look to Normandy
where the earliest records of the root name was found. As a variant of Jolliffe, it was found there as early as 1195 with N. Giolif. Three years later Robert Jolif was listed in a census in the same area of Normandy
Early Origins of the Jolia family
The surname Jolia was first found in Yorkshire
where there are numerous variations of the name listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax
Rolls of 1379 including: Johannes Yoly, Agnes, servienes Joly Johnan, Henricus Joly; Ricardus Jolyman; Willelmus Jolyman and Johannes Jolyman. This distinguished Huguenot family were granted lands firstly in Staffordshire
. Many moved north into Scotland
where records there show Alan and Bervy Jolly were granted lands in the county of Edinburgh in 1450.
Early History of the Jolia family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jolia research.Another 145 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1541, 1677, 1684, 1629, 1703, 1659 and 1714 are included under the topic Early Jolia History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jolia 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 Jollie, Jolley, Jolly, Jollys and others.
Early Notables of the Jolia family (pre 1700)
Notable in the family at this time was Rev. James Jollie, senior chaplain of the Church of Scotland
and chaplain of St. Andrew's Church in Madras; Thomas Jollie (1629-1703) was an English Dissenter, a minister ejected for his... Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jolia Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jolia family to Ireland
Some of the Jolia family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 37 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 Jolia family to the New World and Oceana
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 Jolia or a variant listed above: Francis Jolly, who settled in Virginia in 1648; John Jolly settled in Virginia in 1637; along with Joseph, Marjorie, Mary; David, George, Thomas and Edward Jolly all arrived in Pennsylvania between 1840 and 1860..