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The history of the Jourdan family goes back to the Medieval landscape of northwestern France, to a region known as Brittany. It is derived from the family living in Brittany.


The surname Jourdan was first found in Brittany, where the family held a family seat since ancient times.

The many different spellings of French surnames can be partially explained by the use of local dialects and by the influence of other languages during the early development of the French language. As a result of these linguistic and cultural influences, the name Jourdan is distinguished by a number of regional variations. The many spelling variations of the name include Jourdan, Jordan, Jourdain, Jordain, Jourdaine, Jordaine, Jourde, Jorde, Jourdaneau, Jordaneau, Jourdanot, Jordanot, Jourdeneau, Jordeneau, Jourdenot, Jordenot, Jourdanet, Jordanet, Jourdenet, Jordenet, Jourdaney, Jordaney, Jourdeney, Jordeney, Jourdin, Jordin, Jourdon, Jordon, Jourdeau, Jordeau, Jourda, Denon, Denoncourt, Denonfoux, Denonville, Denet, Denot, Deneau, Danon, Danot and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jourdan research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1426, 1427, 1459, 1562, 1569, 1690, 1696, 1707, 1743, 1747, 1749, 1754, 1760, 1762, 1771, 1776, 1789, 1794, 1814, 1821, 1825, 1833, 1843, 1893, and 1897 are included under the topic Early Jourdan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Notable amongst this name at this time was Dominique Vivant Denon (1747-1825), an engraver, a diplomat, the director general of the Napoleon Museum, a knight of the Empire and a baron...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jourdan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Migration from France to New France or Quebec as it was now more popularly called, continued from France until the colony fell to the English in 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebe c. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. In 1793, the remaining French in these provinces came under British rule. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Jourdan were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Jourdan were

Jourdan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Silvanus Jourdan, who landed in Bermuda in 1609-1610
  • Silvester Jourdan, who arrived in Virginia in 1609-1610
  • Samuel Jourdan, who arrived in Virginia in 1610
  • Cicely Jourdan, who arrived in Virginia in 1611
  • William Jourdan, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652

Jourdan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Solomon Jourdan, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Salomen Jourdan, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Jean Jourdan, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Christopher Jourdan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773

Jourdan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alic Jourdan, aged 37, landed in Maryland in 1812
  • Ellera Jourdan, who landed in Texas in 1829
  • Antonio Alejandro Jourdan, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1841

Jourdan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Jourdan a stowaway, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "South Australain" in 1837

  • David Walter Jourdan (b. 1954), American author, co-founder and president of Nauticos, a deep ocean exploration company which has specialized on the quest for Amelia Earhart’s lost Lockheed Electra airplane
  • Carolyn Jourdan, American author, known for her memoirs and biographies that have made The Wall Street Journal list of top ten bestselling books
  • Theodore Charles Jourdan (1895-1961), American Major League Baseball first baseman with the Chicago White Sox (1916-1920)
  • Ronald Lee Jourdan (1947-2014), American college and Olympic track and field athlete
  • Jean-Baptiste Jourdan (1762-1833), Marshal of France; he fought in the American Revolution and the French Revolutionary wars
  • Joseph W. Jourdan, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 11th District, 1875-77
  • John Jourdan Jr., American politician, Postmaster at Lexington, Kentucky, 1802-13
  • Alexander Jourdan, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in San Juan, 1864-67
  • Jean-Baptiste Jourdan, French Marshall of the Empire during the French Revolutionary Wars and Napoleonic Wars from 1789 to 1815
  • Georges Jourdan (b. 1872), French individual épée fencer at the 1900 Summer Olympics
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    Other References

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    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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    The Jourdan Family Crest was acquired from the 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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