The family name Jolleys is thought to be of Norman origins. Originally, Jolleys was a name given to 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 Jolleys family
The surname Jolleys 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 Jolleys family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jolleys 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 Jolleys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jolleys Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Jolleys have been found, including Jollie, Jolley, Jolly, Jollys and others.
Early Notables of the Jolleys 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 Jolleys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jolleys family to Ireland
Some of the Jolleys 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 Jolleys family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the social climate in England
was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland
, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Jolleys were among those contributors: 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..