J can stand for so many things, and usually in genealogy it stands for large groups of people: Jews, Jesuits, or Jehovah’s Witnesses! There are also the Jacobites, who favoured James II as the ‘true’ King of Scotland – I’m sure you have all at least heard of the Battle of the Boyne and the Battle of Culloden. If you haven’t – Google is your friend! (Other search engines are available). There are other groups of people who ‘begin’ with the letter J: individuals in a Surname Study. There are three J studies in the Surname Society’s list:
- This study is of Jaggers in Victorian times in the UK and is run by Anthony Jaggers.
- This Study is also looking at the variants Jeffery, Jeffreys, Jefferys, Jeffries, Jefferies, Jeffereys.
- Mainly concentrated in London and south eastern counties but to be expanded to whole of UK and subsequently globally.
- Descendants and ancestors of George and Lizzie Jubbie
To contact any of these Surname Studiers, please visit the Surname Study website at http://www.surname-society.org
© Ros Haywood
School of Surnames
Next week’s letter is ‘K’. Has anybody got any interesting snippets that marry up K with surname studies? If so, please send them to Ros Haywood at sos [at] surname-society.org
letter J courtesy of openclipart.org