Origins Available: English
The distinguished surname Jone is derived from the given name "John," which is itself derived from the Hebrew
name "Johanan," meaning "Jehovah has favored." The name was brought to England
in the wake of the Norman Conquest
of 1066, and was extremely popular throughout Europe in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church.
Early Origins of the Jone family
The surname Jone was first found in Lincolnshire
, borne by Alanus filius
Jene in 1275. Other early bearers of the name include Willelmus filius Gene, who was recorded in the Rotuli Hundredorum
in 1276, Walterus filius Jone, who was living in Huntingdonshire in 1279, and Thomas John, who was a resident of Buckinghamshire
Early History of the Jone family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jone research.Another 207 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1279, 1379, 1327, 1600, 1656, 1736, 1664, 1754, 1776, 1858, 1796, 1843 and are included under the topic Early Jone History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Jone Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled John, Johns, Jon, Jone, Johnes, Johnys, Joan, Joanes, Jones and many more.
Early Notables of the Jone family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Jone family to Ireland
Some of the Jone family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 155 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Jone family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Jone or a variant listed above were:
Jone Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Jone, who landed in Maryland in 1659 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)
Jone Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Coak Jone, aged 21, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Tongariro" in 1888