Show ContentsJump History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Jump comes from when the family resided in the hamlet of Jump, which is in the parish of Wombwell in Yorkshire. The parish of Wombwell was the property of Roger de Bully and Walter d'Aincourt at the time of the Domesday Book and has long been the site of coal-mining and iron-founding. The surname Jump belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Alternatively, the "first Mr. Jumper would appear to have derived his name not from his saltatory skill, but from his having been a maker of jumps, a kind of short leather coat or boddice, formerly worn by women. See Bailey and Halliwell. Jumper is also a northern provincialism for a miner's boring tool, and may have been metaphorically applied to the miner himself." 1

Early Origins of the Jump family

The surname Jump was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Jump family

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Jump Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore,spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Jump has been recorded under many different variations, including Jump, Jumpe and others.

Early Notables of the Jump family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • William Jump of Hesketh, prominent 17th century landholder

Jump Ranking

In the United States, the name Jump is the 8,286th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 2

United States Jump migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Jump or a variant listed above:

Jump Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • William Jump, who landed in Maryland in 1664 3
Jump Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Jump, who sailed to America in 1755

Contemporary Notables of the name Jump (post 1700) +

  • Frank Russell Jump (1895-2000), American politician, 56th Mayor of Wichita, Kansas
  • Annie Jump (1863-1941), American astronomer
  • Gordan Jump (1932-2003), American television actor, appeared as Arthur Carlson on 'WKRP in Cincinnati'
  • Russell Jump (1895-2000), American politician, Mayor of Wichita, Kansas, 1952-53 4
  • John W. D. Jump, American Democratic Party politician, Postmaster at Easton, Maryland, 1916-22 4
  • Isaac Jump, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Delaware, 1872; Candidate for Governor of Delaware, 1874 4
  • Stewart Jump (b. 1952), English former professional footballer
  • Edward Jump (1832-1883), French artist and cartoonist
  • Annie Jump Cannon (1863-1941), American astronomer

Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. John Thomas Jump (d. 1914), British Trimmer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 5
  • Mr. Joseph Jump (d. 1914), British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking 5

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 28) . Retrieved from
  5. Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 17) . Retrieved from on Facebook