Jules History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jules family name is linked to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from the baptismal name Joel. The surname Jules referred to the son of Joel which belongs to the category of patronymic surnames. In Old English, patronyms were formed by adding a variety of suffixes to personal names, which changed over time and from place to place. For example, after the Norman Conquest, sunu and sune, which meant son, were the most common patronymic suffixes. In the 12th and 13th centuries, the most common patronymic names included the word filius, which meant son. By the 14th century, the suffix son had replaced these earlier versions. Surnames that were formed with filius or son were more common in the north of England and it was here that the number of individuals without surnames was greatest at this time.

Early Origins of the Jules family

The surname Jules was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Early History of the Jules family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jules research. Another 50 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1560, 1559, 1522 and 1571 are included under the topic Early Jules History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jules Spelling Variations

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Jules include Jewell, Jewall, Jule, Joel, Jouel and others.

Early Notables of the Jules family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Jules family

Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Jules were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Thomas and Walter Jewell settled in Virginia in 1635; Robert Jewell settled in Virginia in 1637; Thomas Jewell settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1635..


Contemporary Notables of the name Jules (post 1700) +

  • Lionel Jules Carole (b. 1991), French professional footballer
  • Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, Prince de Pontecorvo, French Marshall of the Empire during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815 [1]
  • Yvon Jules Labre (b. 1949), former Canadian professional NHL ice hockey player who played from 1969 to 1981
  • Jean Jules Linden (1817-1898), Belgian botanist and explorer
  • Dr. Jules Guyot (1807-1872), French physician and agronomist, best known for his work in viticulture
  • Keith Jules Dancy (1930-2001), Canadian NHL hockey commentator on Hockey Night in Canada (1952 to 1966)
  • Aram Jules Pothier (1854-1928), Canadian-born, American politician, two time Governor of Rhode Island (1909-1915) and (1925-1928)
  • Georges Jules Piquet, Governor General for Inde française in the Second French Colonial Empire under Third Republic
  • Henri Jules Fornier, Automobile Dealer, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Marseille
  • Gabriel Jules Ferrier, Editor, Knight of the Legion of Honour, Paris


  1. ^ Generals Who Served in the French Army during the Period 1789-1815. (Retrieved 2015, February 11) Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte. Retrieved from http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/c_frenchgenerals.html


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