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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 Jourdan family name include Jordan, Jordain, Jorden, Jordana, Jordens, Jordin, Jourdain, Jourdan and many more.
First found in Suffolk, where the name first appeared in the early 12th century. Like many surnames, the name Jourdan was taken from a common personal name at the time. The personal name Jordan (and the female equivalent, Jordana) comes from the River Jordan; some knights and soldiers returning from the Crusades brought some of the water of the River Jordan back with them to baptize their children with and therefore gave the name to those children. That someone's first name was taken as a surname may have indicated that the first bearer of the name was related or owed allegiance to someone of that name, or it may have been an arbitrary choice.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jourdan research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1182, 1202, 1327, 1612, 1685, 1603 and 1685 are included under the topic Early Jourdan History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 59 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jourdan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Jourdan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
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 Jourdan family to immigrate North America:
Jourdan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Jourdan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Jourdan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Jourdan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
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
The Jourdan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jourdan 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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