The ancient English surname of JEPSEN was a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Geoffrey', from the nickname Geff or Gepp. The name is most familiar to County Lancashire, England. The name is also spelt JEPHSON, JEPPE and JEPPS. The earliest of the name on record appears to be Thomas GEPSON of Yorkshire, who was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. JEPPE de Hesilden was documented in the same document. Hereditary surnames were originally imported from France into England during the Norman Conquest of 1066. In the two centuries or so after the Conquest surnames were acquired by most families of major landholders, and many landed families of lesser importance. There appears to have been a constant trickle of migration into Britain between about the years 1200 and 150O, mostly from France and the Low Countries, with a small number of migrants from Scandinavia, Germany, Italy and the Iberian peninsular, and occasional individuals from further afield. During this period groups of aliens settled in this country as for example, the Germans who from the late 15th century onwards settled in Cumbria to work the metal mines. Immigration during this time had only a small effect on the body of surnames used in Britain. In many cases, the surnames of immigrants were thoroughly Anglicised. The late sixteenth century saw the arrival, mostly in London and the south-coast ports of large numbers of people fleeing from the war regions of France. Later instances of the name mention Nicholas JEPSON, who was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1545, and Robert JEPSON of Oldfield, Manchester, was recorded in the same Wills in 1614. William, son of Robert JEPPES was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in the year 1603.
The associated coat of arms for this name JEPSON are recorded in J.B Rietstaps Armorial General. Illustrated by V & H.V Rolland's. This monumental work took 23 years to complete and 85,000 coats of Arms are included in this work. The name is also spelt JEPHSON.
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