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Jonsson is a name that first reached England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the given name John and the name literally means "son of John." The given name John is derived from the Hebrew name Johanan, which means Jehovah has favored. The name was extremely popular in the Middle Ages as a result of the numerous connections between the name John and the Christian Church.

Jonsson Early Origins



The surname Jonsson was first found in Lincolnshire, where many of the ancient and leading houses of the family name claim descent originally from the house of FitzJohn in Normandy, particularly that of one of the leading branches and oldest, the Johnsons of Ayscough-Fee. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 list many of the name: Willelmus Joneson; Willelmus Johnson, 1379; Robertus Johanson; Juliana Jonesson; Ricardus Joneson; and Robertas Jonson. [2]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)

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Jonsson Spelling Variations


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Jonsson Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Jonsson family name include Johnson, Joneson, Jonson, Joynson and others.

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Jonsson Early History


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Jonsson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jonsson research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1375, 1503, 1572, 1637, 1629, 1675, 1644, 1713, 1680, 1689, 1659, 1719, 1689, 1719, 1688, 1775, 1682, 1735, 1717 and 1719 are included under the topic Early Jonsson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jonsson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jonsson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Benjamin Jonson (1572-1637), an English playwright, poet, actor, and literary critic; Daniel Johnson (1629-1675), an English buccaneer born in Bristol, who sailed against the Spanish during the late 17th century becoming known among the Spanish as "Johnson the Terror"; Sir Nathaniel Johnson (1644-1713)...

Another 78 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jonsson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Jonsson In Ireland


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Jonsson In Ireland



Some of the Jonsson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 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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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Jonsson family to immigrate North America:

Jonsson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Pal Jonsson, who arrived in Delaware in 1641
  • Thomas Jonsson, who landed in Delaware in 1693
  • Jon Jonsson, who landed in Delaware in 1693
  • Mans Jonsson, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1693
  • Nils Jonsson, who arrived in Delaware in 1693
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jonsson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Jonsson, aged 33, arrived in America in 1821
  • Sven Jonsson, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1844
  • Johanna Jonsson, aged 12, landed in New York in 1844
  • Jons Magnus Jonsson, aged 32, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • Gustaf Jonsson, aged 36, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1848
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jonsson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Lars Jonsson, who landed in Mississippi in 1902

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jonsson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jonsson (post 1700)



  • John Erik Jonsson (1901-1995), American politician, Mayor of Dallas, Texas, 1964-71
  • Gustaf Adolf Jonsson (1879-1949), Swedish winner of a gold, sliver, and bronze Olympic medals for shooting at 1908, 1912, and 1920 games
  • Grímur Jónsson (1752-1829), Icelandic scholar

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Jonsson Historic Events


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Jonsson Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Carl Jonsson, aged 32, Swedish Third Class passenger from Kalfsnäs, Smĺland who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and survived in the sinking in life boat 15

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  4. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  5. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  6. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  7. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  9. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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The Jonsson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jonsson 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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