Joliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The ancient history of the name Joliffe began soon after 1066 when the Norman Conquest of England occurred. It was a name given to a happy and lively person. The surname of Jolliffe was originally derived from the Old French word joli, of the same meaning. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Joliffe family

The surname Joliffe was first found in Staffordshire where they were an ancient family granted lands by William the Conqueror, and "allied to some of the chief nobles of the Kingdom." A northern branch enjoyed power and affluence in Europe before the Norman Conquest, and were originally known as Jolli. This spelling changed with the years to Jollye, to Jolliff, and finally to Jolliffe.

Important Dates for the Joliffe family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Joliffe research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1824, 1613, 1680, 1660, 1679, 1660, 1750, 1734, 1741, 1697 and 1771 are included under the topic Early Joliffe History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Joliffe Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Joliffe are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Joliffe include Jolliffe, Jolli, Jolliff and others.

Early Notables of the Joliffe family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Jolliffe; John Jolliffe (1613-1680), an English merchant in London and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1660 to 1679; William Jolliffe (1660-1750), British politician, Member of Parliament for Petersfield (1734-1741)...
Another 43 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Joliffe Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Joliffe migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Joliffe, or a variant listed above:

Joliffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Joliffe, who settled in Barbados in 1685

Joliffe migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Joliffe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Elvira Joliffe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ramillies" in 1849 [1]
  • Mr. Robert Joliffe, (b. 1831), aged 21, Cornish agricultural labourer departing from Plymouth on 7th July 1852 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 23rd October 1852 [2]
  • Mrs. Ann Joliffe, (b. 1831), aged 21, Cornish settler departing from Plymouth on 7th July 1852 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" arriving in Geelong, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on 23rd October 1852 [2]

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Citations

  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAMILIES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Ramillies.htm
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_victoria.pdf
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