Jonathan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Jonathan family

The surname Jonathan was first found in Freienwalde, where the family was widely established in early times.

Early History of the Jonathan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jonathan research. Another 76 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1733 and 1752 are included under the topic Early Jonathan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jonathan Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jonasch, Jonash, Jonas, Jonasz, Jonat, Jonietz, Joneweit, Jonescheit, Joneleit, Jonischkeit, Joneck, Jonek, Jonentz, Jonack and many more.

Early Notables of the Jonathan family (pre 1700)

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Australia Jonathan migration to Australia +

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

Jonathan Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mr. Jonathan Holdsworth, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
  • Mr. Jonathan Layton, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Barwell" in September 1797, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [1]
Jonathan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jonathan Simmonds, English convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Baring" in December 1818, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [2]
  • Mr. Jonathan Bentley, English convict who was convicted in Sussex, England for life, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Jonathan Hawke, Cornish convict who was convicted in Cornwall, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Bardaster" on 7th September 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [3]
  • Mr. Jonathan Burrows, English convict who was convicted in Leicester, Leicestershire, England for life, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 8th December 1839, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [4]
  • Mr. Jonathan Fanstone, English convict who was convicted in Wiltshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Barossa" on 9th May 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [4]

New Zealand Jonathan 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:

Jonathan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Edmund Jonathan, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cairngorm" in 1863

Contemporary Notables of the name Jonathan (post 1700) +

  • Mr. Thomas Jonathan Murray O.B.E., British Colonel was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 17th June 2017
  • Dr. Malik Jonathan Ramadhan O.B.E., British Consultant and Divisional Director in Emergency Care for Barts Health NHS Trust, was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 29th December 2018 for services to Healthcare [5]
  • Dale Jonathan Winton (1955-2018), English radio DJ and television presenter, known for his work on Dale's Supermarket Sweep from 1993 until 2001
  • Godbless Jonathan Lema (b. 1976), Tanzanian CHADEMA politician and Member of Parliament for Arusha City
  • The Very Rev Cyril Jonathan Meyrick (b. 1952), English cleric, Dean of Exeter (2011-)
  • Lee Jonathan Beevers (b. 1983), English footballer who plays for Lincoln City
  • Robert Jonathan Demme (1944-2017), American Academy Award winning film director, producer, and screenwriter, best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
  • Seymour Jonathan Singer (1924-2017), American cell biologist and professor of biology, emeritus, at the University of California, San Diego
  • William Jonathan Northen (1835-1913), American politician, Member of Georgia State House of Representatives, 1877, 1880; Member of Georgia State Senate, 1884; Governor of Georgia, 1890-94 [6]
  • Craig Jonathan Barnsley (b. 1983), South African born Welsh cricketer


  1. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 29th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barwell
  2. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/baring
  3. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/bardaster
  4. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 24th September 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/barossa
  5. ^ "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
  6. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 18) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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