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Where did the Welsh Jones family come from? What is the Welsh Jones family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jones family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jones family history?

While the ancestors of the bearers of Jones came from ancient Welsh-Celtic origins, the name itself has its roots in Christianity. This surname comes from the personal name John, which is derived from the Latin Johannes, meaning "Yahweh is gracious." This name has always been common in Britain, rivaling William in popularity by the beginning of the 14th century. The feminine form Joan, or Johanna in Latin, was also popular, and the surname Jones may be derived from either the male or female name.

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Welsh surnames are relatively few in number, but they have an inordinately large number of spelling variations. There are many factors that explain the preponderance of Welsh variants, but the earliest is found during the Middle Ages when Welsh surnames came into use. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, which often resulted in a single person's name being inconsistently recorded over his lifetime. The transliteration of Welsh names into English also accounts for many of the spelling variations: the unique Brythonic Celtic language of the Welsh had many sounds the English language was incapable of accurately reproducing. It was also common for members of a same surname to change their names slightly, in order to signify a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations. For all of these reasons, the many spelling variations of particular Welsh names are very important. The surname Jones has occasionally been spelled Jones, Jonas, Jone, Joness and others.

First found in Denbighshire (Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county, created in 1536 at the Act of Union with England, and located in Northeast Wales, where their ancient family seat was at Llanerchrugog. The name Jones, currently one of the most prolific in the world, descends from three main sources: from Gwaithvoed, Lord Cardigan, Chief of one of the 15 noble tribes of North Wales in 921; from Bleddyn Ap Cynfyn, King of Powys; and from Dyffryn Clwyd, a Chieftain of Denbighland. All three lines merged in Denbighshire about the 11th century and it is not known which of the three can be considered the main branch of the family.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jones research. Another 115 words(8 lines of text) covering the years 1578, 1658, 1638, 1712, 1610, 1673, 1656, 1660, 1618, 1674, 1650, 1656, 1605, 1681, 1645, 1637, 1649, 1628 and 1697 are included under the topic Early Jones History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 275 words(20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jones Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jones family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 273 words(20 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In the 1800s and 1900s, many Welsh families left for North America, in search of land, work, and freedom. Those who made the trip successfully helped contribute to the growth of industry, commerce, and the cultural heritage of both Canada and the United States. In the immigration and passenger lists were a number of people bearing the name Jones

Jones Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Chadwallader Jones, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Alexander Jones, who arrived in New England in 1631
  • Alice Jones, who arrived in Boston in 1635
  • Charles Jones and Humphrey Jones, who both settled in Virginia in 1636
  • Anne Jones settled in Virginia in 1648


Jones Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • David Jones, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1712
  • Arthur Jones, who arrived in Virginia in 1724
  • Cornelius Jones, who arrived in Georgia in 1732
  • Roger Jones, who arrived in South Carolina in 1738

Jones Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Christian Jones, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1801
  • William Jones, who landed in New York in 1815
  • James Jones, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Sarah Jones, who came to New York in 1821
  • Caroline Jones, who landed in New York in 1824


Jones Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Mr. Ebenezer Jones Jr., U.E. (b. 1720) from New York, USA who settled in Home District, Saltfleet Township [Hamilton], Ontario c. 1780 he served in the Orange Rangers, married to Sarah Lockwood they had 5 children
  • Capt. John Jones U.E., aka "Mahogany Jones" born in Maine, USA from Pownalborough, who settled in Grand Manan Island, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1780 he served in the Rangers, he was part of the Port Matoon association as well as Penobscot Association
  • Mr. Garret Jones U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick c. 1783
  • Mr. Josiah Jones Jr., U.E. who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia c. 1783 son of Elisha and Mary Jones he served in Rugglers Loyalist and Wentworth's Volunteers, he died on a return trip to America to sell some property, he was the first Judge in Annapolis Royal
  • Mr. Thomas Jones U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 290 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York


Jones Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Ty. Jones, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John" from Liverpool
  • John Jones, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "John" from Liverpool
  • Robert Jones, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Richard Jones arrived in St. John aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • William Jones, aged 19, arrived in Saint John aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834


Jones Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Roger Jones, English convict from Shropshire, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • James Jones, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Jones, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Robert Jones, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Jones, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Asia" on September 3rd, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Austraila


Jones Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Jones landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1839 aboard the ship Success
  • Thomas Jones arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Success" in 1839
  • Joseph Jones, aged 21, a gardener, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Jones, aged 19, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgeway" in 1840
  • Francis Jones landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


Jones Settlers in New Zealand in the 20th Century


  • Chris Jones, aged 22, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "S. S. Waimana" in 1926

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  • 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"

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  • 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.
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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: Heb dduw, heb ddim
Motto Translation: Without God, without anything.

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The Jones Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jones Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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