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The ancient Normans that arrived in England following the Conquest of 1066 are the initial ancestors from which the many generations of the Jolly family have grown. The name Jolly was given to a member of the family 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.
The surname Jolly 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.
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Jolly has been recorded under many different variations, including Jollie, Jolley, Jolly, Jollys and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jolly 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 Jolly History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 135 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jolly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Jolly 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.
To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Jollys were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:
Jolly Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Jolly Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Jolly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jolly Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Jolly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Jolly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Jolly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jolly Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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