The name Jollymore comes from the ancient Norman culture that was established in Britain after the Conquest of 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 Jollymore family
The surname Jollymore 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 Jollymore family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jollymore 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 Jollymore History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jollymore 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 Jollie, Jolley, Jolly, Jollys and others.
Early Notables of the Jollymore 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 Jollymore Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jollymore family to Ireland
Some of the Jollymore 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 Jollymore 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 Jollymore or a variant listed above were: 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..