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The Jordan name comes from the Gaelic Mac Siúrtáin. It was adopted by one a Connacht family who came to Ireland with the Norman invasion of 1172. Ultimately, Jordan is derived from the name of the river Jordan, "Yarden" in Hebrew. The name first became popular in Europe as a personal name during the Crusades when it was a common practice for Crusaders to bring back vials containing the waters of this river to use in the baptism of their children.

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The surname Jordan was first found in Normandy where the name there was recorded as Jordanus as in the listing of Richard, Rovert and William Jordanus in 1998. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
An earlier branch of the family came to Ireland with the "English invaders" in 1168 and at that time were known as De Exeter because they came from Exonia or Exeter in England. They accompanied Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke, in his invasion of Ireland, and acquired lands from King John the English King. In order to assume Irish patronymics, the name was changed to MacJordan after Jordan De Courcy (Jordan Teutonicus) who died in 1197. O'Hart quotes: "The De Exonias or De Exeters submitted to be called MacJordans, from one Jordan De Exonia, who was the first founder of the family." The family rose to become Lords of Athleathan, in the Barony of Gallen, and County of Mayo. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Names were simply spelled as they sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, his name was often spelt in many different ways, explaining the many spelling variations encountered while researching the name Jordan. Some of these variations included: Jordan, Jordane, Jordain, Jordaine, Jourdan, Jourdane, Jorden, Jurden, Jurdon, MacShurtan, MacJordan, MacShurton, MacShurdane, MacShurtaine,McShurtan, McJordan, McShurton, McShurdane and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jordan research. Another 303 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1641 and 1652 are included under the topic Early Jordan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jordan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Jordan:

Jordan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cicely Jordan, who landed in Virginia in 1610
  • Samuel Jordan, who arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • Sisley Jordan, who arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • William Jordan, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Peter Jordan, who landed in Virginia in 1622
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Jordan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Guillame Jordan, who landed in Louisiana in 1718-1724
  • Eliza Jordan, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Claude Jordan, aged 19, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Antoine Jordan, aged 19, arrived in Louisiana in 1719
  • Michael Jordan, who landed in Virginia in 1723
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Jordan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Eva Cath Jordan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1802
  • Mary Jordan, who landed in New York, NY in 1813
  • Nicolas Jordan, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1816
  • Dennis Jordan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Sarah I Jordan, aged 24, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1820-1873
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Jordan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Jordan, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Philip Jordan, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Miss. Ambe Jordan U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River, listed as a child less than 10 years of age
  • Mr. Fraser Jordan U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River, listed as a child more than 10 years of age
  • Mr. Gilbert Jordan U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1783 was a passenger aboard "Cyrus" on August 21, 1783 from New York to Saint John River, listed as a child more than 10 years of age
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Jordan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Michael Jordan, aged 45, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Jordan, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • David Jordan, aged 17, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Michael Jordan, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
  • Catherine Jordan, aged 60, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the barque "Pallas" from Cork, Ireland
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Jordan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Jordan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Alice Brooks" in 1839
  • E. Jordan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
  • Mary Jordan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
  • S. Jordan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
  • William Jordan arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "City Of Adelaide" in 1839
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Jordan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Jordan, aged 26, a miller, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe" in 1843
  • William Jordan arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Golconda" in 1859
  • Annie Jordan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • Francis Jordan arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Eagle" in 1861
  • William Jordan arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Asterope" in 1865
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  • Henry Bryce Jordan (1924-2016), American university administrator and musicologist, 14th President of the Pennsylvania State University (1983-1990), President of the University of Texas at Dallas (1971-1982) and President of the University of Texas at Austin (1970-1971)
  • James B. Jordan (b. 1949), American Calvinist theologian and author
  • James Raymond Jordan Sr. (1936-1993), American murder victim and father of basketball star Michael Jordan
  • James Jordan (b. 1979), American actor
  • James Edward "Jim" Jordan (1896-1988), American actor who played Fibber McGee in Fibber McGee and Molly and gave his voice to the albatross Orville in Disney's The Rescuers (1977)
  • James Jordan, American writer, conductor, and professor
  • James "Jim" Jordan (1925-1999), American basketball player
  • James William Jordan (1908-1957), American Major League Baseball played who played from 1933 to 1936 for the Brooklyn Dodgers
  • James Robert Jordan III (b. 1978), American football wide receiver
  • Vernon Eulion Jordan Jr. (b. 1935), American business executive and civil rights activist
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Jordan Historic Events



HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Horace David Jordan (1908-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Petersham, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest John Jordan (1919-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Kenneth FA Jordan (b. 1911), English Leading Cook (S) serving for the Royal Navy from Bigglesworth, Bedfordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Geoffrey W Jordan (b. 1922), English Canteen Assistant serving for the Royal Navy from Deal, Kent, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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  • These Jordan Were Here by Octavia Perry.
  • Yesterday in the Texas Hill Country by Gilbert John Jordan.
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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: Percussa Resurgo
Motto Translation: Struck down, I rise again

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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  3. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. 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).
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Jordan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jordan 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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