Last name: Jones

This famous surname, widespread throughout the British Isles, and the most popular surname in Wales, one in ten Welsh people being so-called, is nethertheless of English medieval origins. It derives either from the male given name John, or its female equivalent Joan, both Norman French introductions after the 1066 Invasion. Both names are written as Jon(e) in medieval documents, and a clear distinction between them on the grounds of gender was not made until the 15th Century. However, because western society has almost invariably had a male as family head throughout history, bearers of the surname Jones are more likely to derive it from a patronymic form of John, than a matronymic form of Joan. The personal name John, ultimately from the Hebrew "Yochanan" meaning "Jehovah has favoured (me with a son)", has always enjoyed enormous popularity in Europe, and particularly so after the famous Crusades of the 12th century. The name, which is found in some four hundred spellings, is in honour of St. John the Baptist, the precursor of Christ. The surname as "Jones", first appears on record in England in the latter part of the 13th Century, and also features as one of the most numerous settler names in Ireland, having been introduced in the wake of the Anglo- Norman Invasion of 1170. It is now found in every Irish county, especially in the larger towns, and has also been Gaelicized as "MacSeoin". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Matilda Jones, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Huntingdonshire", during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", reigned 1272 - 1307.

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Mark Jones
Traced my family back to the early 1800's when they were one of the first families to arrive in a little town in the west of ireland. I am unable to find any earlier information. There is another Jones family in the same town but we dont seem to have any connection.

"Jones" is the anglicized spelling of "Jonah," as in the Bible's "Book of Jonah," whose boat, headed to Tarshish (on Spain's Atlantic coast), was blown out to sea passing Gilbraltar. This derivation of the family name of the pre-English subjugation, ancient ruling clan of Wales, and the fact that "old" Jones' features and coloring caused many to be mistaken for "Jews," has much to do with the fact that Wales was a Hebrew mining colony. Th. Jefferson, whose father was a Welshman, is determined to have had "Hebrew" DNA. American Blacks not of "blood" Jones descent, upon emancipation (which Mr. Jefferson attempted before the Revolution, and in his original draft of the Declaration) took the name Jones to honor Charles Colcock Jones, who, as one worthy of a name which means "a gift from G-d," risked his life teaching the enslaved to read that they might establish their own relationship with the Creator of the universe, prior to Rome's subjugation of America in the "Civil War" (after Mr. Jefferson made importation of slaves illegal, dooming Rome's 2,000 year-old "Wall Street of slavery").

richard BRYN jones
my first name wasn't used at all No body used/uses first name,its always been Bryn, if some one calls me Richard i don't react(not that im a c... its just it doesn't register with me )its got me having to explain to said person's(gov/boss)that im known has Bryn never Richard my parents were possibly still high from the 60's and thought it be fun ,ive got a uncle Bryn and nephew fun times when family got together !!

Noel Jones
Proud to be an Irish man - and proud to be a Jonesy - from Fermanagh but thought we arrived in Ireland "big time" with Cromwell - would be interested in any feedback

Brandon marque jones 2ns
Yes indeed

Michael Jones
So Jones is an English surname?

Jayna Jones
But I'm Scottish

What country does this name from

Lonnie Jones
My cousin traced our family from the Southern United States to Ceredigion, Cardigan, Wales sometime in the 1200's (and predating the Wikipedia version which says a 'Matilda Jones' was the first known recorded instance) through much hard work and research. However, there is a LOT of misconception regarding our family's hard-earned name, especially in the United States. We are NOT of Jewish descent, but most certainly of Irish and native Welsh origins. The family moved between the two locations likely for over a thousand years as these were our family's ancestral lands, at least from the migrations of the Celts. We are VERY fair-skinned, and have red and black hair, and blue/grey eyes with some green, and a few people in the family have two different colored eyes (blue/green). Celiac disease is something passed on from recessive traits, and it is highly unlikely that a child will inherit but the Irish are known to have the HIGHEST instance of inherited gluten intolerance.

Lonnie Jones
Nearly everyone on the Jones' side here has Celiac, or gluten sensitivity. Our family arrived here at some point during the colonization, BUT were revolutionists during the war that made our country. I have heard that this is where the story of our family and Daniel Boone's family mingling began as a certain soldier in our family had come across Daniel Boone and the two went through some sort of traumatic life experience together- the end result, our family did marry into Daniel Boone's somehow (it's in our family tree records). Boone's family was also mostly of Welsh origin.

Lonnie Jones
During the Civil War our family DID fight for the Confederacy and I think this is where a lot of the misconception regarding why so many African Americans have this name. WE WERE NOT slave owners! In fact we fought from what I hear because we felt the U.S. had broken away from the constitution and was heading down the wrong path- something that is echoed in what our family did following what happen AFTER the Civil War. Despite fighting valorously as cavalrymen and being rewarded land as commendation (from which side we don't know) the family had a MAJOR disagreence in whether they should stay or not and quite a few Jones men left to BRAZIL. Yes, you read that right! A country that FREED African slaves and gave them rights long before the U.S. would allow African Americans the right to vote. The portion that stayed remained in the South and also migrated to the Republic of Texas.

Lonnie Jones
At some point after moving to Texas, our family began dabbling once more with 'other' races. I say dabbling, because us 'Celts' are rather proud of who we are as a culture and a race, but our family was not shy about showing love and accepting others. In what became my father's family a Alfred Jones married a full-blooded Cherokee women who had the adopted last name 'Smith'.

Lonnie Jones
I have learned from my cousins that we have family remaining in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales as well as the U.S. of course. For those wondering what makes a 'Jones' a Jones- if you are searching for your origins here, we ARE CELTS, we may have mixed a little since, but that is where our ancestry lays. I myself am Type 0- as well as most of my family on all sides (Irish, Welsh, and Native American). Height runs in our family, although it does not pop-up all the time we do have a few members of the family well over 6'5. VERY pale skin, either black, red, or brown hair. Mostly blue eyes, some have green or very light blue eyes that seem grey in appearance until you get close enough. Almost exclusively farmers and soldiers in our family. VERY hard working family- and we LIKE having many kids- (I heard Alfred didn't stop 'trying' to have children with his Cherokee wife well into their 90's and they'd already had over 12!). Not very religious, and VERY independent.

Lonnie Jones
If you would like to get in touch with me and read up on our family history please contact me on my Facebook, and send the message, "Jones Family, Our History". I will forward what information my cousin and her husband have gathered, as well as the plethora of other information that exists from other family members regarding our family's origins.

I would love to talk with others with Jones. Please contact me.


Although Jones is the most popular surname in Wales, one in ten Welsh people being so-called, It is not originally a welsh name because there is no letter " J " in the Welsh alphabet.

Melanie Jones

The English people fled to Ireland, Scotland or Scandinavia after the Anglo-Norman conquest in 1066, not 1170 — your facts are incorrect. There was a twofold "Norman invasion of Ireland" in 1169 and 1171, but it wasn't really an "invasion" by the Normans as much as it was utilization of the Normans and Henry II of England's "arrival in Ireland". After losing the protection of his last ally — the High King of Ireland Muirchertach Mac Lochlainn (he died) — the ousted King of Leinster, Diarmait Mac Murchada, was forcibly exiled by a confederation of Irish forces under the new High King Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair. Mac Murchada fled to Normandy and made a plea to King Henry II of England; he asked to use the King's armies to regain control of his kingdom in Ireland. Henry II agreed, and in 1169 Norman and Welsh forces "invaded" Ireland. By 1170, Mac Murchada had agreed with the High King to send Henry II's forces away as long as he could regain his title as King of Leinster. Unfortunately, Mac Murchada died almost exactly a year after regaining his throne on May 1st, 1171, before the arrival of Henry II. Now, in October of 1171, Henry II landed in Ireland with a much bigger show of force, and had the submission of all Irish Kings by November. There was much more to that story, including involvement of the papacy, but the fact is, 1171 witnessed an arrival and not an invasion. On a second note, every definition I can find of the Hebrew version of John, "Yochanan", is "Yahweh is gracious", "God is gracious" or "God's graciousness". I cannot find any other information to substantiate your definition of "Jehovah has favored me (with a son)".

Andrew Jones (not the earlier respondent)

Jones is the possesive of John. Until 1805 the Welsh surname was their head parents Christian name. This is why dating back further back on my dads side stopped at Rose Jones in the East Midlands, England. Many of the mining communities were interchangeable and quite often intermarried. Anyone saying their maladies can be traced back, I`m sorry, genetics and upbringing are far more complicated than surnames.

I was always told that my last name is welch just wondering if anybody can confirm that..thank you

I live in South Wales, UK. My mum's maiden name was Jones and yes Jones is a Welsh name. My Great Grandparents could only speak Welsh. My sister married a Jones from Ceredigion, West Wales, UK and his first language now is Welsh. I am still researching my Jones family tree, which is very difficult here as every other person seems to have the surname Jones!

tracey jones
Hi I'm a jones I don't know much about my family my mum is June maiden name I don't know her mother was Dora thy my father is lyndon jones his mum and dad I'd Raymond and Kathleen that's all I know but I would like to know more any info would be appecated thanks

Jane Leslie Hite-Morris
Looking for grandmother's history. Her name Claudia Jane Price Hite

Joan Jones
I live in the US and both of my parents happened to be born the last name Jones, so I was destined to be a Jones!

John (Ian) Jones
Not wanting to bore you with my family history but although my mother's mother wanted me called John(and prevailed) , after my uncle John who survived WW2, my mother didn't want me to go through life called John Jones, my mother used the Scottish version of John, which is Ian. I often wondered how our family born in Glasgow for generations would have the name Jones, but figured maybe it was mad Welsh raiding parties jumping over Hadrian's Wall to rape and pillage.

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