Origin of the Name Jolley
The ancient history of the name Jolley
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The names Jolley and Joly are derived from the French word 'joliffe' meaning 'festive'. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland , and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Henricus Joly who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the Year 1379, and a Theodorius Joley who was buried at Saint Michael, Cornhill, in the Year 1715. In Scotland a Charles Jolly was a prisoner in Canongate, Tolbooth, at Edinburgh, in the Year 1684, and a James Joly was a Vicar of Dalry in the Year 1541. The first of the name to settle in Ireland was Henry Jolly who was a master gunner in the year 1595 and in the next century a soldier of the name appears in the army lists of 1644. Today most of the name are found in County Clare.
The Jolley coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Jolley descendants.