Johns History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Johns family

The surname Johns 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.

Early History of the Johns family

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Johns Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Johns family (pre 1700)

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United States Johns migration to the United States +

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 United States in the 17th Century
  • William Johns, who settled in New England in 1634 with his wife
  • Philip Johns, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [1]
  • Phillip and Mary Johns, who settled in Virginia in 1645
  • Mary Johns, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • John Johns, who landed in Maryland in 1665 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Johns Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • James Johns, who arrived in Virginia in 1704 [1]
  • Lewis Johns, who landed in Virginia in 1707 [1]
Johns Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Francis Johns, who landed in Harford County, Maryland in 1838 [1]
  • R Johns, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Henry Johns, aged 28, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1860 [1]
  • Daniel Johns, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]
Johns Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Jacob Johns, who landed in Arkansas in 1906 [1]

Canada Johns migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Johns Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Lt. Solomon Johns U.E. (b. 1751) born in Litchfield County, Connecticut, USA from Clarendon, Vermont, USA who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he enlisted in 1777 serving in the Queen's Loyal Rangers and King's Rangers, he died in 1786 he is listed as being killed by a falling tree, married to Susanna Bucklin they had 5 children [2]
Johns Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Rebecca Johns, aged 23, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Eleanor Gordon" in 1834

Australia Johns migration to Australia +

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

Johns Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Johns, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Miss Rebecca Johns, (b. 1807), aged 26 born in Truro, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 15th October 1833, sentenced for 7 years for stealing from a person, transported aboard the ship "Edward" in 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Joseph Johns, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 31st December 1833, sentenced for 14 years for stealing money, transported aboard the ship "Surrey" on 9th April 1834 to New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Rebecca Johns (b. 1807), aged 26, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 15th October 1833, sentenced for 7 years for stealing money from Christopher Allanby, transported aboard the ship "Edward" on 23rd April 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Richard Johns, (b. 1812), aged 27, Cornish carpenter, from Phillach, Cornwall travelling aboard the ship "Andromache" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st January 1839 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Johns Settlers in Australia in the 20th Century
  • Miss Ruth Johns, (b. 1857), aged 49, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Oroya" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 19th January 1906 [7]
  • Miss Jane Grace Johns, (b. 1876), aged 30, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ophir" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th February 1906 [7]
  • Mr. Joseph Beare Johns, (b. 1876), aged 30, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ophir" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th February 1906 [7]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth I. Johns, (b. 1858), aged 48, Cornish settler travelling aboard the ship "Ophir" arriving in Queensland, Australia on 14th February 1906 [7]

New Zealand Johns 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:

Johns Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Miss Johns, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Melpomene' arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1856 [8]
  • Mr. Johns, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Melpomene' arriving in Nelson, South Island, New Zealand on 14th October 1856 [8]
  • Mr. Frederick George Johns, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [9]
  • Mrs. Martha Ann Johns née Holliday, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [9]
  • Miss Martha Elizabeth Johns, British settler travelling from Liverpool (Mersey) aboard the ship "Viscount Sandon" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand then Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in 1860 [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Johns (post 1700) +

  • Jasper Johns (b. 1930), American contemporary artist, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Robert James "Bobby" Johns (1932-2016), American race car driver
  • Brigadier-General Dwight Frederick Johns (1894-1977), American Assistant Chief of Engineers for Military Operations (1945-1947) [10]
  • Tracy Camilla Johns (b. 1963), American film actress
  • Denice Johns, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 2008 [11]
  • David B. Johns (b. 1871), American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Allegheny County, 1909; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1912 [11]
  • Charley Eugene Johns (1905-1990), American politician, Member of Florida State House of Representatives, 1935-37; Member of Florida State Senate, 1947, 1955-66; Governor of Florida, 1953-55; Defeated, 1954 [11]
  • Charles G. Johns, American politician, Representative from Michigan 8th District, 1976 [11]
  • Charles A. Johns (b. 1857), American Republican politician, County judge in Oregon, 1883-85; Justice of Oregon State Supreme Court, 1918-21; Resigned 1921; Justice of Phillipine Islands supreme court, 1921- [11]
  • C. D. Johns, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [11]
  • ... (Another 62 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Flight TWA 800
  • Miss. Courtney Elizabeth Johns (1978-1996), from Clarkston, Michigan, USA, American passenger flying aboard flight TWA 800 from J.F.K. Airport, New York to Leonardo da Vinci Airport, Rome when the plane crashed after takeoff ; she died in the crash [12]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. Charles William  Johns (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [13]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William R Johns, British Telegraphist, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [14]
  • Mr. Alfred George Johns, British Leading Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [14]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leonard Herbert Johns, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [15]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Percival Herbert Mitchley Johns (1902-1939), British Chief Electrical Artificer 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [16]


The Johns Motto +

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.


Suggested Readings for the name Johns +

  • 587 The Chronicles of John Clark Johns and His Descendants by David Lamar Taylor, Mt. Comfort Plantation by Richard L. Guild.

  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 Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  4. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  6. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  7. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retreived 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_queensland.pdf
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  10. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Dwight Johns. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Johns/Dwight_Frederick/USA.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 13) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  12. ^ The Washington Post Passenger List TWA Flight 800. (Retrieved 2018, February 15th). Retrieved from https://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/national/longterm/twa800/list01.htm
  13. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  14. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  15. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  16. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html


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