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Origin of the name...maybe
Posted by: Charles Jolliff Date: June 21, 2001 at 21:08:57
In Reply to: family history; Jonesboro, Arkansas by Brandy Jolliff-Lay of 254

Hi Brandy, I'm Charles Jolliff/Kennett,MO/USA.
Saw your post on the Jolliff board this evening. By chance I was doing
search on a ship from the late 1700's that was named Jolliffe.
I came across this web site....

I quote from the middle of the page....
Dr. Cecil A. Joll, M.S., B.Sc., F.R.C.S. of London, England, =
thyroid surgeon and author, wrote me that he believes the name is a =
mutation of the Scandanavian name Jolliffe, or Jollif, and quotes from =
DEVON AND CORNWALL RECORD SOCIETY, 1338, Wm. Jollyf, chaplain, granted =
Lands---------; and from McLEON'S HISTORY OF TRIGG MINOR; Nycles Joll in =
subsidy roll for St. Minver 1583, and from a marriage record; Geo. =
Gollye married Margaret Dowrich, Jan. 14, 1647 who was later buried =
Madam Margaret Joll, June 10, 1694. My cousin Harry, however thinks the =
name is Norman French. This is quite possible for there are many crests =
shown in A HISTORY OF ANCIENT FRENCH CRESTS, with names such as Jollif, =
Jolliffe, Julif, Jullien, Jullienne, Jola, Joles, Jolis, Jolly, July; =
any of these could have gone to England with the Norman Invasion; - for =
we find in England, crests of ancient family names of the same or very =
similar spellings, such as John Jolles, (Mayor of London 1615-16), =
Jolley, Jolly, Jollie, Jolliffe, Jolliff, Joll, Jolls, Joles, Joul.=20


This goes along with what I have read over the years concerning the =
family name.

It seems like there were several Jolliffs in England/France till 1850 or =
slightly earlier. Then they moved to America.

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