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The Jordon 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, Jordon 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.

Jordon Early Origins



The surname Jordon 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 Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

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Jordon Spelling Variations


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Jordon Spelling Variations



A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Jordon has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: 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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Jordon Early History


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Jordon Early History



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

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Jordon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Jordon Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jordon Notables 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



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Jordon:

Jordon Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dorothy Jordon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Eliza Jordon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Henry Jordon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Ann Margarett Jordon, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • Nicholas Jordon, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1792
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Jordon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • M Jordon, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860
  • William E Jordon, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1861
  • Charles Jordon, aged 26, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1870
  • John Jordon, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • Conrad Jordon, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1876

Jordon Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Jordon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Philip Jordon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Phoebe Jordon, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Samuel Jordon, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Jordon Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Martin Jordon, who arrived in Canada in 1817

Jordon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edmond Jordon, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • William Jordon, aged 36, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer"
  • Edward Jordon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849
  • William Jordon arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849
  • Charley Jordon, aged 24, a blacksmith, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Calabar"

Jordon Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • G. W. Jordon arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Thames City" in 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Jordon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Jordon (post 1700)



  • Robert E. Jordon M.D., American professor in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston
  • Philip Jordon (1933-1965), Native American NBA basketball player
  • Perley Jordon, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Thompson, 1834-35, 1838
  • L. S. Jordon, American politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Ohio County, 1875
  • John H. Jordon, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1900; U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania, 1909-13
  • James A. Jordon, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1960 (alternate), 1964
  • F. S. Jordon, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maine, 1908
  • Mark Jordon (b. 1965), British actor, best known for playing PC Phil Bellamy in the British TV Series Heartbeat
  • Darren Jordon (b. 1960), British journalist
  • Raymond Clarence "Slug" Jordon (1937-2012), Australian first-class cricketer

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Motto


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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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Citations


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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 Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)

Other References

  1. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  5. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  6. 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).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  8. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Jordon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jordon 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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