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Jefferson Coat of Arms / Jefferson Family Crest

Jefferson Coat of Arms / Jefferson Family Crest

The associated coat of arms for this name are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. This ancient surname was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Geoffrey'. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Goisfridus (without surname) who was listed in the Domesday book of 1086. Many of the early names recorded in medieval documents denote noble families but many also indicate migration from the continent during, and in the wake of, the Norman invasion of 1066. There was a constant stream of merchants, workmen and others arriving in England during this time. In 1086 the Record of Great Inquisition of lands of England, their extent, value, ownership and liabilities was made by order of William The Conqueror. It is known as the Domesday book. Later instances include Robert GEFFREYSONE, who was recorded in London in the year 1344.Thomas JEFFREYS was documented in 1273 in County Lancashire. William JEFFREY of County Somerset, was documented during the reign of Edward III (1327-1377). Rogerus JEFFREY of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Cook married Alice JEFFERY at St. Dionis Backchurch, London in 1613, and William JEFFERIES was buried at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1656. Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error. A notable member of the name was Thomas JEFFERSON (1743-1826) the 3rd president of the United States, born in Shadwell, Albermarle County, Virginia. In 1767 he was admitted to the bar, and practised with success. In 1769 he was elected to the House of Bugesses, where he joined the revolutionary party. He took a prominent part in the calling of the first Continental Congress in 1774, to which he was sent as a delegate; and it was he who drafted the celebrated Declaration of Independence, signed 4th July 1776. In 1794 he withdrew from public life but in 1797 was called to the vice-presidency of the United States and in 1801 was chosen president by the House of Representatives.

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