Show ContentsJumper History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the bearers of the Jumper family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found 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 Jumper 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 Jumper family

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

Early History of the Jumper family

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Jumper Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Jumper include Jump, Jumpe and others.

Early Notables of the Jumper family (pre 1700)

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Jumper Ranking

In the United States, the name Jumper is the 9,016th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

United States Jumper migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Jumper or a variant listed above:

Jumper Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Tho Jumper, who arrived in Virginia in 1657 [3]
Jumper Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Piotr Jumper, aged 21, who arrived in America from Kouno, Russia, in 1906
  • Caroline E. Jumper, aged 69, who arrived in America from La Gloria, Cuba, in 1911
  • Charles A Jumper, aged 42, who arrived in America, in 1913
  • Eliza Jumper, aged 29, who arrived in Lebanon, Pa., in 1923
  • Francis Jumper, aged 3, who arrived in Lebanon, Pa., in 1923
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jumper (post 1700) +

  • John Jumper (1820-1896), American Principal Chief of the Seminole Nation (1849-1865)
  • Major Jesse T. Jumper, United States Air Force officer who participated in establishing the South Pole Station in the 1956-1957 season, eponym of Mount Jumper, Antarctica
  • Hunter Jumper (b. 1989), American soccer player who plays for Chicago Fire
  • John P. Jumper (b. 1945), retired United States Air Force general, 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force (2001-2005)

  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) on Facebook