John History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the John family

The surname John was 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.

Important Dates for the John family

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John Spelling Variations

There are relatively few surnames native to Wales, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. Early variations of Welsh surnames can be explained by the fact that very few people in the early Middle Ages were literate. Priests and the few other literate people were responsible for recording names in official documents. And because most people could not specific how to properly record their names it was up to the individual recorder of that time to determine how a spoken name should be recorded. Variations due to the imprecise or improper recording of a name continued later in history when names originally composed in the Brythonic Celtic, language of Wales, known by natives as Cymraeg, were transliterated into English. Welsh names that were documented in English often changed dramatically since the native language of Wales, which was highly inflected, did not copy well. Occasionally, however, spelling variations were carried out according to an individual's specific design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by minor variations. The spelling variations of the name John have included Johnes, Johns, John, Johne and others.

Early Notables of the John family (pre 1700)

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John migration to the United States

Many Welsh families joined their Scottish and Irish neighbors during the late 1800s and early 1900s in seeking refuge in North America. Like the Irish and Scottish, many Welsh anxiously awaited the work, freedom, and opportunities that they believed lay in North America. Those who did journey over to the United States and what became known as Canada often realized those dreams, but only through much toil and perseverance. Whenever and however these Welsh immigrants arrived in North America, they were instrumental in the creation of the industry, commerce, and cultural heritage within those two developing nations. In the immigration and passenger lists a number of early immigrants bearing the name John were found:

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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