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Jolliffe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Jolliffe thought to be of Norman heritage. It is a name for a person who was 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 Jolliffe family


The surname Jolliffe 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.

Early History of the Jolliffe family


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Jolliffe Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Jolliffe, Jolli, Jolliff and others.

Early Notables of the Jolliffe 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)...
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Migration of the Jolliffe family to the New World and Oceana


For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jolliffe or a variant listed above were:

Jolliffe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • John Jolliffe, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1630

Jolliffe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Jolliffe, who settled in Georgia in 1741

Jolliffe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Jolliffe, aged 35, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1898

Jolliffe Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Florence M. Jolliffe, aged 27, who arrived in America from Dorset, England, in 1903
  • Albert Jolliffe, aged 39, who arrived in America from Isle of Wight, in 1905
  • Katherine Jolliffe, aged 40, who arrived in America, in 1906
  • Beatrice Jolliffe, aged 24, who arrived in America from Liverpool, England, in 1907
  • Edith Rosa Jolliffe, aged 38, who arrived in America from Newport, Isle of Wight, in 1909
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Jolliffe Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Gordon H. Jolliffe, aged 32, who arrived in America from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1919
  • Isabella Jolliffe, aged 28, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, in 1919

Contemporary Notables of the name Jolliffe (post 1700)


  • Hylton Jolliffe (1773-1843), English politician, Member of Parliament for Petersfield (1796–1797) and (1802-1830)
  • Charles James Jolliffe (1861-1943), English footballer who played for Everton (1888-1889)
  • John Henry Jolliffe (1865-1936), English cricketer who played for Hampshire in 1902
  • Graham Jolliffe (b. 1937), English illustrator and cartoonist, best known for his book, Man's Best Friend in 1984
  • William Jolliffe (1851-1927), English barrister, also appointed Censor of Cinematograph in 1916
  • William Jolliffe (1745-1802), British Member of Parliament
  • William George Hylton Jolliffe (1800-1876), 1st Baron Hylton, a British soldier and Conservative politician, Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department in 1852 and Parliamentary Secretary to the Treasury (1858-1859)
  • Hylton George Hylton Jolliffe (b. 1862), 3rd Baron Hylton, a British peer and Conservative politician
  • Raymond Hervey Jolliffe ARICS (b. 1932), 5th Baron Hylton, a British peer and landowner
  • Hedworth Hylton Jolliffe (1829-1899), 2nd Baron Hylton, a British peer, Conservative Member of Parliament for Wells (1855-1868)
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The Jolliffe 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: Tant que je puis
Motto Translation: As much as I can.


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