The name ‘James’ originates from England. It is from a given name that has the same origin as ‘Jacob’ but now that is felt to be a separate name in it’s own right. This is largely because in the Authorised version of the Bible (1611) the form ‘James’ is used in the NewTestament as the name of two of Christ’s appostles (‘James’ the brother of ‘John’ and ‘James’ the brother of ‘Andrew’). whereas the in the Old Testament the brother of Esau is called ‘Jacob’. The form ‘James’ comes from the Latin name ‘Jacobus’, which also gave rise to the name ‘Jaime’, the regular form of the name in Spain. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘James’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as Edward III reign, were a ‘Walter James’ , from Salop, England, is recorded. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘George James’, aged 18, fr… Coat of arms: Azure a …
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