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Origin Displayed: Welsh

Spelling variations of this family name include: Jones, Jonas, Jone and others.

First found in Denbighshire , where the Jones family was seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Alice Jones, who arrived in Boston in 1635; Charles Jones and Humphrey Jones, who both settled in Virginia in 1636; as did Anne Jones in 1648; Owen Jones, who immigrated to Maryland in 1665.

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Motto Translated: Without God, without anything.

Suggested Readings for the name Jones
Camp, Jones, and Related Families by Nell Jones Carter, Captain Roger Jones of London and Virginia by L.H. Jones, Climbing Our Family Tree by Edith Black.

Some noteworthy people of the name Jones
  • Mary Cover Jones (1896-1987), American psychologist, pioneer in the field of behavior therapy, who received the G. Stanley Hall Award from the APA in 1968
  • Bobby Jones (1902-1971), American golfer who won the Grand Slam of Golf in 1930
  • George Glenn Jones (1931-2013), American country singer, winner of many awards including the U.S. National Medal of Arts
  • James Earl Jones (b. 1931), American Emmy and Tony Award-winning actor of film and stage, perhaps best known for his deep baritone voice
  • Quincey Jones (b. 1933), American composer, music producer and media mogul
  • Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones (1913-1998), American country musician and comedic actor
  • Marion Jones (b. 1975), American gold-medal winner for track and field in the 2000 Olympics
  • Jonathan David Samuel "Jo" Jones (1911-1985), American drummer, one of the most influential in the history of jazz
  • Joseph Rudolph "Philly Joe" Jones (1923-1985), jazz musician who toured and recorded with Miles Davis Quintet from 1955 to 1957
  • Elvin Jones (1927-2004), American jazz drummer touted by Life Magazine as "the world's greatest rhythmic drummer"


Learn More About Welsh Surnames



Most Welsh surnames are patronymic; that is, they are derived from a personal name of an ancestor. In the Middle Ages, the prefixes ap, ab (son of) and ferch (daughter of) were commonly found in Welsh surnames. Welsh names used to include strings of patronymics going back through the generations, until the 16th century when people began to use fixed hereditary surnames. However, some surnames' prefixes can still be found today in many Welsh surnames, such as Prince, Probert, Bowen (ap Owen), and Beddoes. Henry VIII frowned upon this nomenclature and thus began the great change in Welsh surnames



The Black Prince, or Edward, Prince of Wales, (1330-76), is thought to have gained his nickname due to the color of his armor -- jet black. However, this claim cannot be verified. Contrary to popular conceptions, period illustrations typically depict him in silver or gilt armor, not black. He may have gained this moniker because he wore a black surcoat with a silver plume. Yet a more fantastic notion also circulates. Many hold the opinion that he was labeled black because of his skill as a knight or because he was often merciless towards the vanquished. His sacking of the town of Limoges in 1370 gives some credence to the latter notion. After taking the town, all its inhabitants were slaughtered, with no consideration to age or gender.



Writers and historians have long been divided on the truth of the many different tellings of the stories of Arthur, the great Welsh king of Britain. Although many now think that there is some truth underlying the widely varying accounts, the hard facts surrounding Arthur's reign are almost completely obscured in a mist of myths and legends. Like all legends, these tales evolved over many centuries. Their telling and retelling over those years, while it may have left them somewhat lacking in truth, has emphasized and expanded their most compelling parts, making the Arthurian saga as glorious and prolific a body of stories as any, in fact or fiction.


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