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JONES Surname Meaning & Origin:

A patronymic name meaning "son of John," the given name John deriving from the Hebrew Yochanan meaning "Jehovah has favoured." Jones is a popular surname among European Christians, as the name John was bestowed in honor of St. John the Baptist and many other saints by the name John. JOHNSON is a common English version of this surname.

Jones is the most common surname in Wales, where "son of" is denoted by the "s" ending.

Surname Origin:

English, Welsh

Alternate Surname Spellings:

JOHNS
See also JOHNSON

Fun Facts About the Jones Surname:

The popular saying, "Keeping up with the Joneses," was first developed by cartoonist, Arthur R. "Pop" Momand, for the comic strip by that name. It debuted in New York World magazine in 1916.

Some Early JONES Ancestors:

  • William Jones - born about 1520 in Machen, Gwynllwg, Monmouth, Mid-Glamorgan, Wales
  • Hugh Jones - born abt. 1635 in England; settled in Salem, Massachusetts about 1650.

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Jones Surname DNA Project
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Ah, You Must Be a Jones
An interesting article on the origins of Wales' most common surname - Jones. From The Big Issue Cymru, Cardiff, Wales, May 2008.

Jones Name Meaning & Family History
An overview of the Jones surname meaning, plus subscription-based access to genealogical records on Jones families around the world from Ancestry.com.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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