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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2014

Origins Available: English, Welsh

Where did the Welsh Johns family come from? What is the Welsh Johns family crest and coat of arms? When did the Johns family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Johns family history?

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The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. It was up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Johns have included Johnes, Johns, John, Johne and others.

First found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Johns research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Johns History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Johns Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Johns:

Johns Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • William Johns settled in New England in 1634 with his wife
  • Philip Johns, aged 22, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Phillip and Mary Johns settled in Virginia in 1645
  • Mary Johns, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • John Johns, who landed in Maryland in 1665


Johns Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • James Johns, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Lewis Johns, who landed in Virginia in 1707

Johns Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Francis Johns, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1838
  • R Johns, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Henry Johns, aged 28, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860
  • Daniel Johns, who arrived in New York in 1868

Johns Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Jacob Johns, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Jasper Johns (b. 1930), American contemporary artist
  • Tracy Camilla Johns (b. 1963), American film actress
  • Brigadier-General Dwight Frederick Johns (1894-1977), American Assistant Chief of Engineers for Military Operations (1945-1947)
  • Glynis Johns (b. 1923), Welsh stage and film actress, dancer, pianist and singer
  • William Earl Johns (1893-1968), British author of the popular "Biggles" series of children's books
  • Stratford Johns (1925-2002), British stage, film and television actor
  • Harold Elford Johns OC (1915-1998), Canadian medical physicist
  • Daniel Paul Johns (b. 1979), Australian vocalist, composer, guitarist, and pianist
  • Frederick Johns (1868-1932), Australian journalist and biographer
  • Glyn Johns (b. 1942), English musician, recording engineer, and record producer

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  • The Chronicles of John Clark Johns and His Descendants by David Lamar Taylor.
  • Mt. Comfort Plantation by Richard L. Guild.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Deus pascit corvos
Motto Translation: God feeds the ravens.

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  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Bradsley C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print.
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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The Johns Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Johns Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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