Show ContentsJorden History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Jorden 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, Jorden 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.

Early Origins of the Jorden family

The surname Jorden was first found in Normandy where the name there was recorded as Jordanus as in the listing of Richard, Rovert and William Jordanus in 1189. [1]

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.

As to underline this origin, the learned Edward MacLysaght, noted "Mac Siurtáin A Gaelic patronymic adopted by the d'Exeter family-one of those which acquired estates in Connacht after the Anglo-Norman invasion; it was later called MacJordan's country." [2]

Another Chief Herald of Ireland, 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. [3]

Early History of the Jorden family

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Jorden Spelling Variations

During the lifetime of an individual person, his name was often spelt by church officials and medieval scribes the way it sounded. An examination of the many different origins of each name has revealed many spelling variations for the name: Jordan, Jordane, Jordain, Jordaine, Jourdan, Jourdane, Jorden, Jurden, Jurdon, MacShurtan, MacJordan, MacShurton, MacShurdane, MacShurtaine,McShurtan, McJordan, McShurton, McShurdane and many more.

Early Notables of the Jorden family

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Jorden Ranking

In the United States, the name Jorden is the 17,291st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

United States Jorden migration to the United States +

Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Jorden:

Jorden Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Thomas Jorden, aged 24, who arrived in Virginia in 1619 aboard the ship "Diana" [5]
  • Peeter Jorden, aged 22, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 aboard the ship "London Merchant" [6]
  • Thomas Jorden, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 [6]
  • Joane Jorden, aged 16, who landed in America in 1635 [6]
  • Abbigall Jorden, who landed in Virginia in 1648 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jorden Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Koenraed Jorden, who landed in New York in 1709 [6]
  • Patrick Jorden, who arrived in America in 1727 [6]
  • John Jorden, aged 19, who landed in Maryland in 1775 [6]
Jorden Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joh Heinr Jorden, who arrived in America in 1849 [6]

Canada Jorden migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jorden Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Jorden Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

Contemporary Notables of the name Jorden (post 1700) +

  • William John Jorden (b. 1923), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Panama, 1974-78 [8]
  • Edwin James Jorden (1863-1903), American Republican politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 15th District, 1895 [8]

The Jorden Motto +

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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  2. MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  3. O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. Pilgrim Ship's of 1600's Retrieved January 6th 2023, retrieved from
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  8. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 20) . Retrieved from on Facebook