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About the Jacques surname

English Origin

Jacques is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The name Jacques came from the personal name "Jacques," which is a form of the Latin name "Jacobus." While the anglicized forms of the name were common during the centuries immediately following the conquest, it is thought that the forms "Jaquest," "Jaquiss," and "Jaquez" arose in England in later years, as the French Language became increasingly associated with high culture and status.

First found in Yorkshire where they were seated as Lords of the Manor of Nether Silton in the North Riding of Yorkshire. At the taking of the Domesday Book in 1086, Nether Silton was recorded as a village with a Hall and the tenant-in-chief was the Count of Mortain. The Domesday Book was a census initiated by Duke William of Normandy taken after his conquest of England at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

French Origin

The majestic country of France is the ancestral homeland of the distinguished surname Jacques.The earliest forms of hereditary surnames in France were the patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name. The patronyms were derived from a variety of given names that were of many different origins. As well as the names of the saints of the Christian Church, many of the most common French surnames are derived from personal names of Germanic origin. They derive from the language of the Visigoths, who controlled France between the mid-5th and early 8th centuries. The name Jacques is derived from the given name Jacob, which means heel.

First found in Picardy where they were anciently seated at D'Acq, a village in the Pas de Calais in the arrondissement of d'Arras.