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.
Early History of 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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Migration of the Joan family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Joan (post 1700)
- Jacqueline St. Joan, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Colorado, 2008 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 21) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- Dame Margaret Joan Anstee DCMG (1926-2016), British diplomat, Director-General of the UN Office in Vienna (1987–1992)
- Kathleen Joan Heddle OBC (b. 1965), Canadian three-time gold medalist rower; she and her rowing partner Marnie McBean were the first Canadians to win three Olympic Gold medals
- Beryl Joan Fletcher (1938-2018), New Zealand feminist novelist; her first novel, The Word Burners won the 1992 Commonwealth Writers' Prize
- Margaret Joan Roberts (1937-2017), South African herbalist and author of over 30 books on herbs
- Edith Joan Lyttelton (1873-1945), Australian author of 13 novels, a collection of over 250 stories, who used the pseudonym G. B. Lancaster, awarded the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal in 1933
- Elizabeth Joan Smith (1928-2016), Canadian politician, Liberal member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1985 to 1990
- Anya Joan Camilleri (b. 1961), British film and television director and screenwriter
- Gemma Joan Dashwood OAM (b. 1977), Australian Paralympic swimmer and medical doctor
- Elizabeth Joan Batham (1917-1974), New Zealand marine biologist and university lecturer, Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand