Jekyll

Recorded in many forms as shown below, this is an English surname but one of French and Breton origins. It is derived from the pre 7th century Old Breton personal name "Indicael", which is or rather was, composed of elements which translated as " The Lord is bountiful". Over the centuries the spelling in France changed to ledecael and later to Gicquel, and this survives in French naming as Jezequel. An early king of Brittany who later abdicated and spent the last part of his life in a monastery, was called St. Iedecal. The modern English surname, found in its native areas of Devon and Cornwall, is also recorded in other areas including East Anglia and Yorkshire. These places were settled by Breton followers of King William 1st, 1066 - 1086, after the Conquest of 1066. Versions of the name spelling as surnames include Jelk, Jelks, Jekyll, Jiggle, Jewel, Jockle, Joel, Juhel and Joule.. The first recorded spelling of the family name in England is shown to be that of Richard Juel. This was dated 1247, when he was a witness recorded in the register of the Bedfordshire Assizes, during the reign of King Henry 111rd of England, 1216 - 1272. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was sometimes known as the Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Jekyll — may refer to:People: * Gertrude Jekyll, a British gardenerPlaces: * Jekyll Island, an island off the coast of the U.S. state of Georgia * Jekyll Island Club, private club located onIn literature: * Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde , an 1886… …   Wikipedia

  • Jekyll — ► NOUN (in phrase a Jekyll and Hyde) ▪ a person displaying alternately good and evil personalities. ORIGIN after the central character in Robert Louis Stevenson s story The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) …   English terms dictionary

  • Jekyll — Jekyll1 [jek′əl; ] occas., and prob. Stevenson s intended pronun., [jē′kəl] Dr. a kind, good doctor in R. L. Stevenson s story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who discovers drugs that enable him to transform himself into a vicious,… …   Universalium

  • Jekyll — Jekyll1 [jek′əl; ] occas., and prob. Stevenson [ ] s intended pronun., [jē′kəl] Dr. a kind, good doctor in R. L. Stevenson s story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, who discovers drugs that enable him to transform himself into a… …   English World dictionary

  • Jekyll — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Jekyll peut se réferer : En littérature : L Étrange Cas du Dr Jekyll et de Mr Hyde, une nouvelle de 1886 de Robert Louis Stevenson. À la… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Jekyll — Der Begriff Jekyll steht für: Gertrude Jekyll (1843–1932), englische Malerin und Gärtnerin Der seltsame Fall des Dr. Jekyll und Mr. Hyde, Roman von Robert Louis Stevenson Jekyll Hyde, Musical angelehnt an den Roman von Robert Louis Stevenson… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Jekyll — El término Jekyll puede referirse a: Jekyll (serie de TV), la serie de televisión británica de 2007; El extraño caso del Dr. Jekyll y Mr. Hyde, novela de Robert Louis Stevenson; Doctor Jekyll, personaje del libro de Robert Louis Stevenson. Esta… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Jekyll — [ dʒɛk(ə)l] noun (in phr. a Jekyll and Hyde) a person displaying alternately good and evil personalities. Origin after the central character in Robert Louis Stevenson s story The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) …   English new terms dictionary

  • jekyll — adj British snide. An item of rhyming slang from (Dr) Jekyll and (Mr) Hyde , recorded among middle class, middle aged speakers …   Contemporary slang

  • Jekyll — n. name of the hero of the book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (written by Robert Lois Stevenson) …   English contemporary dictionary

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