John History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The distinguished surname John is derived from the given name "John," which is itself derived from the Hebrew name "Johanan," meaning "Jehovah has favored." The name was brought to England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066, and was extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church.

Early Origins of the John family

The surname John was first found in Lincolnshire, borne by Alanus filius Jene in 1275. Other early bearers of the name include Willelmus filius Gene, who was recorded in the Rotuli Hundredorum of Yorkshire in 1276, Walterus filius Jone, who was living in Huntingdonshire in 1279, and Thomas John, who was a resident of Buckinghamshire in 1279.

Important Dates for the John family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our John research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, 1327, 1600, 1656, 1736, 1664, 1754, 1776, 1858, 1796, 1843 and are included under the topic Early John History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

John Spelling Variations

Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled John, Johns, Jon, Jone, Johnes, Johnys, Joan, Joanes, Jones and many more.

Early Notables of the John family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the John family to Ireland

Some of the John family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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John migration to the United States

Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name John or a variant listed above:

John Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James John, who arrived in Virginia in 1636 [1]
  • Hills John, who arrived in Virginia in 1648 [1]
  • Donio John, who arrived in Virginia in 1656 [1]
  • Edward John, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
  • Evan John, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1678-1679 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
John Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Mary John, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1701-1703 [1]
  • Nelson, John Sr., who arrived in North Carolina in 1702 [1]
  • Rebecca John, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1703 [1]
  • Cadder John, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1704 [1]
  • Jenkins John, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
John Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Simon John, aged 35, who arrived in New York in 1812 [1]
  • Thomas John, who arrived in New York in 1822 [1]
  • Henry Cart John, aged 25, who landed in Mobile County, Ala in 1840 [1]
  • Elias John, who arrived in New York, NY in 1840 [1]
  • Valentine John, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
John Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Roched John, who landed in Mississippi in 1904 [1]

John migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

John Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Peter John U.E. who settled in Sissiboo, Nova Scotia c. 1784 listed on the Muster Roll for Gulliver's Hole, St. Mary's Bay and Sissiboo [2]
John Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • S John, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

John migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

John Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • James John, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Prince Regent" [3]
  • Richard James John, aged 18, a farm labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Oregon" [4]
  • James John, aged 27, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince Regent" in 1851 [3]
  • John John, aged 40, a smelter, who arrived in South Australia in 1855 aboard the ship "Glentanner"
  • Margaret John, aged 23, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

John migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

John Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Daniel John, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Celestial Queen" in 1870
  • Llewellyn John, aged 27, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Sarah A. John, aged 26, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Eustace John, aged 6, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
  • Amy John, aged 1, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Arawa" in 1884
John Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century
  • John John, aged 22, a miner, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Olive John, aged 18, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926
  • Isaac John, aged 12, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

Contemporary Notables of the name John (post 1700)

  • Thomas Edward "Tommy" John Jr. (b. 1943), American Major League Baseball former pitcher who had 288 career victories, eponym of Tommy John surgery, a revolutionary surgical graft procedure to replace a tendon first performed by Dr. F. Jobe in 1974
  • Louise Moses John, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964 [5]
  • Julian John, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1972 [5]
  • John N. John Jr., American politician, Member of Louisiana State House of Representatives, 1974-82 [5]
  • Jesse J. John, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Northumberland County, 1875-76 [5]
  • George W. John, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Macomb County, 1910 [5]
  • Frederick C. T. John, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1954-65 (acting, 1954) [5]
  • Eva John, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for California, 1952 [5]
  • Ernest John, American Republican politician, Candidate for West Virginia State House of Delegates from Hancock County, 1966 [5]
  • Eric G. John, American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Thailand, 2007- [5]
  • ... (Another 14 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the John family

Bismarck
  • Joseph John (1920-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [6]
HMS Cornwall
  • Edward John (1910-1942), Hemsley, (1910-1942), born in Punnetts Town, Heatherfield, East Sussex, England, British Stoker 2nd Class aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [7]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Thomas John (b. 1921), Welsh Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Maestag, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [8]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Howard Stanley John, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [9]

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Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PRINCE REGENT 1851. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851PrinceRegent.htm
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The barque OREGON, 521 tons - 1851 voyage to South Australia. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1851Oregon.htm
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  6. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  7. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listcornwallcrew.html#A
  8. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  9. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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