Joan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Joan comes from the baptismal name forJoan, which was the female version of the personal name John. Baptismal names began to appear as surnames relatively late in the growth of the naming tradition. This is a little surprising, given the popularity of biblical figures in the Christian countries of Europe. Nevertheless, surnames derived from baptismal names grew in popularity during the Middle Ages, and have become one of the foremost sources for surnames.

Early Origins of the Joan family

The surname Joan was first found in Worcestershire 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.

Important Dates for the Joan family

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Joan Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Joan were recorded, including Joanes, Joans and others.

Early Notables of the Joan family (pre 1700)

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Joan migration to the United States

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Joan family emigrate to North America:

Joan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Jachim Joan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1744 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Joan (post 1700)

  • Jacqueline St. Joan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008 [2]
  • Dame Margaret Joan Anstee DCMG (1926-2016), British diplomat, Director-General of the UN Office in Vienna (1987–1992)
  • Lady Margaret Joan Jarvis C.B.E., British recipient of Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to People with Visual Impairments and to Philanthropy
  • Mrs. Barbara Joan Gubbins C.B.E., D.L., British Chief Executive for County Durham Community Foundation was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017, for services to the Voluntary and Community Sectors
  • Miss Elizabeth Joan Nicholl O.B.E., British Wing Commander for the Royal Air Force was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
  • Mrs. Diana Joan Barrett M.V.O., British former Assistant House Manager for Government House in Perth, Western Australia was appointed Member of the Royal Victorian Order on 17th June 2017
  • Ms. Thelma Joan Small B.E.M.,, British Volunteer for Parents Enquiry North East, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to Equality [3]
  • Mrs. Daphne Joan Potter B.E.M., (b. 1938), British coordinator of the Burnham Market Community Car Scheme, was appointed Medallist of the British Empire Medal 29th December 2018 for services to the Older People in Norfolk [3]
  • L. Joan MacAlpine -Stiles (d. 1999), Canadian politician in New Brunswick, MLA for Moncton South, MLA for Moncton West (2006-2010)
  • Carmen Joan Duncan (1942-2019), Australian AFI Award nominated actress and activist, known her role as Iris Wheeler on the American soap opera Another World from 1988 to 1994

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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. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists
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