Jolley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Jolley has a history dating as far back as the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. It was a name for 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 Jolley family

The surname Jolley 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.

Important Dates for the Jolley family

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Jolley Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Jolley were recorded, including Jollie, Jolley, Jolly, Jollys and others.

Early Notables of the Jolley 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...
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Migration of the Jolley family to Ireland

Some of the Jolley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jolley migration to the United States

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Jolley arrived in North America very early:

Jolley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Jolley, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [1]

Jolley migration to Australia

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

Jolley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • George Jolley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [2]
  • Ann Jolley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837 [2]
  • Christopher Jolley, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "William Stevenson" [3]
  • Miss Emma Jolley, (b. 1845), aged 21, Cornish laundress from Penzance, Cornwall, UK departing from Liverpool on 1st September 1866 aboard the ship "Red Jacket" arriving in Hobsons Bay, Port Phillip, Victoria, Australia on 26th November 1866 [4]

Jolley migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jolley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Jolley, aged 25, a coachman, who arrived in Hawkes Bay aboard the ship "Countess of Kintore" in 1875
  • Mr. Robert Jolley, (b. 1855), aged 20, Cornish miner departing on 19th April 1875 aboard the ship "Star of China" arriving in Lyttelton, Canterbury, New Zealand on 1st August 1875 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Jolley (post 1700)

  • John Lawlor Jolley (1840-1926), member of the United States House of Representatives
  • Alvin Jay Jolley, American professional football player and coach
  • Gordon Harold Jolley (b. 1949), former professional American football player
  • Doug Jolley (b. 1979), former American football tight end
  • Isaac Stanford Jolley Jr. (b. 1926), American art director and production designer
  • Dan Jolley, American author
  • Smead Powell Jolley (1902-1991), American outfielder in Major League baseball
  • Isaac Stanford Jolley Sr. (1900-1978), prolific American character actor
  • LeRoy S. Jolley (b. 1937), United States Hall of Fame Thoroughbred horse trainer
  • Steve Jolley (b. 1975), retired American soccer defender
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Jolley family

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Berry Stanley Jolley, American Seaman Second Class from Idaho, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [6]

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  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) LADY EMMA 1837. Retrieved from
  3. ^ South Australian Register Friday 2nd February 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) William Stevenson 1855. Retrieved
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to Lyttelton 1858-84 [PDF]. Retrieved from
  6. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from
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