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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. "Though its origins are in England, the surname is predominately held by people of Welsh extraction due to the overwhelming use of patronymics in Wales from the 16th century and the prevalence of the name John at that time." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
"Next to John Smith, John Jones is probably the most common combination of names in Britain." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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The surname Jones was 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. Later some of the family ventured into England. "[The parish of Astall in Oxfordshire] was formerly the residence of Sir Richard Jones, one of the judges of the court of common pleas in the reign of Charles I.; and there are still some remains of the ancient manor-house near the church, which are now converted into a farmhouse." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

"Llanarth Court [in Monmouthshire], the admired seat of John Jones, Esq., is a handsome and spacious mansion, the front ornamented with an elegant portico resembling that of the temple of Pæstum." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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.


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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, 1697, 1550, 1619, 1589, 1643, 1669, 1640, 1643 and are included under the topic Early Jones History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Gwaithvoed Lord Cardigan, Bleddyn Ap Cynfyn, and Dyffryn Clwyd Jones, the three patriarchs of the Jones family; John Jones of Gellilyfdy ( c. 1578-c.1658), a Welsh lawyer, antiquary, calligrapher, manuscript collector and scribe; Richard Jones (1638-1712), first Earl of Ranelagh; Sir Samuel...

Another 97 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jones Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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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
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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
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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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mr. Garret Jones U.E. who settled in Belle Vue, Beaver Harbour, New Brunswick c. 1783 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • 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 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
  • Mrs. Hannah Jones U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 319 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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
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Jones Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Ty. Jones, aged 50, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John" from Liverpool, England
  • John Jones, aged 24, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John" from Liverpool, England
  • Robert Jones, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Billow" in 1833
  • Richard Jones arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834
  • William Jones, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Highlander" in 1834
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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
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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
  • Henry Jones landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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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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  • Dwight Elmo Jones (1952-2016), American professional basketball player
  • Joel Jones (1938-2016), American educator, President of Fort Lewis College (1988-1998)
  • Susannah Mushatt Jones (1899-2016), American supercentenarian; at the age of 116 years, 311 days, she was the world's oldest living person and the last American from the 1800s
  • Isham Russell "Rusty" Jones II (1942-2015), American jazz drummer
  • Erika Clark Jones, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • Louis Marshall "Grandpa" Jones (1913-1998), American banjo player and "old time" country and gospel music singer, best known for his work on Hew Haw, inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
  • Peggy Jones (1940-2015), American musician, known on stage as Lady Bo showing her relationship with Bo Diddley, often called the "Queen Mother of Guitar"
  • Dean Carroll Jones (1931-2015), American actor, probably best know for his starring roles in the Walt Disney movies The Love Bug, The Ugly Dachshund, Blackbeard's Ghost and Snowball Express
  • Marilyn Charlotte Jones (1927-2015), American All-American Girls Professional Baseball League pitcher and catcher who played from 1948 through 1954
  • C. Fred Jones (1930-2015), American politician, Member of the Florida House of Representatives (1970-1992)
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Jones Historic Events



Arrow Air Flight 1285

  • Mr. Joseph A Jones (b. 1963), American Sergeant from Knoxville, Tennessee, USA who died in the crash of Arrow Air Flight 1285 on December 12, 1985 in Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Edward John Jones, British First Officer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. John Mackenzie Jones, British Junior 2nd Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mrs. Miriam Jones, née Roberts British Matron from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Henry Andrew Jones, British Saloon Steward from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Daniel Henry Jones, British Seaman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
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Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Robert  Jones (1877-1917), Canadian Engine Room Artificer aboard the HMS Highflyer from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Robert  Jones (1887-1917), Welsh Carpenter aboard the SS Picton from Port Madoc, Wales, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Wilfred George Jones (1895-1941), Australian Chief Shipwright from Naremburn, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ivan David Jones (1918-1941), Australian Acting Engine Room Artificer 4th Class from Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Philip Trevor Jones (1897-1941), Australian Chief Petty Officer from Frankston, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Donald Edgar Jones (1920-1941), Australian Able Seaman from West Ryde, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. David James Jones (1914-1941), Australian Acting Stoker Petty Officer from Glebe Point, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
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HMS Hood

  • Mr. Richard Jones (b. 1919), Welsh Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy Reserve from Holyhead, Anglesey, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Roy T R Jones (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Southend-on-Sea, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald G S Jones (b. 1919), Welsh Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Tonpandy, Glamorgan, Wales, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Robert W Jones (b. 1924), English Boy 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Barton-upon-Irwell, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Kenneth Jones (b. 1923), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Northallerton, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Thomas Jones, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Jones, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Jones, British Not known from Bradford Moor, Bradford, England, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ronald Arthur Jones, British Signalman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Richard Gwynne Jones, British Boy, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
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HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Selwyn Jones, British Steward, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Howard Wynn Jones, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Hugh W Jones, British, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Maldwyn Price Jones, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Henry Norman Jones, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
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Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Christopher Andrew Jones (1968-1988), American Student from Claverack, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Ewart Gladstone Jones, English Third Electrician from West Kirkby, Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Michael Jones, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Miss Mary Elizabeth Jones, English Stewardess from Bishopston, Bristol, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Arthur Rowland Jones, English First Officer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15
  • Mr. Hugh Jones, English Greaser from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Albert Jones (d. 1912), aged 17, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Arthur Ernest Jones (d. 1912), aged 38, English Plate Steward from Woolston, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. H. Jones (d. 1912), aged 29, English Roast Cook from Alresford, Essex who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Reginald V. Jones (d. 1912), aged 20, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas William Jones, aged 32, English Able Seaman from Liverpool, Lancashire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking escaping on life boat 8
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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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Citations



  1. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  4. ^ 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

Other References

  1. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  2. Evans, Gwynfor. Wales: A History: 2000 Years of Welsh History. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-120-2).
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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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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