Jones Surname Genealogy
or John. John had become the most popular first name in England
beginning of the 14th century; and Jones was the most common
surname in Wales by the 18th century.
Jones Resources on
- The Jones Surname. Jones surname origin.
- The Family of Thomas and Jemimah Jones. The Jones family of
Lower Brynaman, Glamorgan.
- Jones Genealogy Site. Jones genealogy.
Wales. The name has been particularly common in Wales
– although the name Jones originated in England and the letter “J”
does not even exist in the Welsh language (John is Ieuan
became popular through the John in the Welsh Authorized version of the
was the only county in Wales to have the Jones name to appear (and then
once) before the Act of Union in 1536.
The names Jevan and Jonys then began to appear and then the first Jones
elsewhere in Wales.
But it was only in the 1600’s that Jones as a
surname started to spread.
old Welsh families who claimed long and noble
lineages adopted the Jones name:
Jones of Llanerchrugog in Wrexham in north Wales (from Lord Bleddynap
and, before that, from Rhodri Mawr)
Jones of Cadwgan in Denbighshire (from Cynwrigap Rhiwallon, Lord of
Jones of Albemarlis in Carmarthen (from Lord Dynevor of Carmarthen)
Jones of Dol-yn-Edeirnon in Glamorgan (from JeslynapGwrgant, Lord of
Edward Jones of Cadwgan was a
conspirator caught up in an
anti-Elizabeth plot who was executed for treason in 1586
Colonel Philip Jones prospered as a Parliamentarian under
and acquired the Fonmon castle estate in Glamorgan in 1658. It
with his family until the late 19th century. Edward Jones started
practice in Llandovery, Carmarthenshire in the 1770’s which continued
descendants until the 1960’s.
The Welsh Joneses were outnumbering the English
Joneses by approximately two to one by the beginning of the 19th
Jones today is the most common surname in Wales. Roughly
one in ten people in Wales are called
Jones. It is to be found in both south and north Wales.
were Welsh Jones that had extended into
England. Henry Jones of Middleton in
Lancashire was descended from an old Monmouth line.
His son Thomas Jones was appointed Archbishop
of Dublin in 1605. Later Jones were made
Viscount Ranelagh. The family, now
extinct, left the Ranelagh name to many places in London.
A Jones family in Shrewsbury prospered from the
Welsh cloth trade, first through William Jones in the early 1600’s and
through his son Thomas who was Shrewsbury’s first mayor in 1638.
descendant was Sir Thomas Jones, Chief Justice in the 1680’s.
The Jones name
first appeared in Shropshire in 1551. Sir
Francis Jones, originally from Shropshire, was a London merchant and
several years its Master of the Haberdashers.
He bought the Welford Park estate in Berkshire in 1618 and two
later became Lord Mayor of London:
grandson Richard Jones had the present house at Welford Park built in
the 1650’s, but died there without issue.
Lewis Jones who departed England for Roxbury, Massachusetts
in 1640 may have been related to these Jones (although tradition has it
that he was born in
Wales). Later Jones of his line were
Loyalists who settled in Canada.
There were other Welsh Jones in London during Elizabethan
times, notably the
bookseller Richard Jones and the architect Inigo Jones. It was
Jones, a Welsh Parliamentarian under Cromwell, who signed the death
Charles I in London in 1649.
Jones in America were
origin. David Jones from Kent was in Charles City, Virginia by
1625 and Robert
Jones from Berkshire had arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts by 1636. The Thomas Jones from Cardiganshire who
in Henrico county, Virginia in the 1650’s may have been the first Jones
The Rev. Morgan Jones told the following story which may or may not be
true. In 1666, he said, he was in an
area now known as South Carolina when he was captured by Indians. They were about to put him to death when he
muttered a few words in Welsh. Amazingly
they said they understood him and released him.
One noteworthy Welsh
expedition to America in 1818 was led by John Jones, an innkeeper from
Cardiganshire. Following him were 36
Welshmen and women to new pastures in SE Ohio.
Many more came in their footsteps in the next thirty years so
that the Jackson
and Gallia counties where they settled got known as Little
Canada. Elisha Jones was a prominent
landowner in Weston,
Massachusetts in the years prior to the Revolutionary War.
But like other Loyalists he had to decamp to Canada at the
of the war. He settled with his family in
comfortable circumstances in
Augusta township, Ontario. His son Ephraim and grandson Jonas
were prominent in the early political life of Ontario.
Argentina. The Rev. Michael Jones, a
minister from Bala in north Wales, was one of the pioneers to establish
colony in Patagonia. Although he visited
Patagonia in 1882, he did not settle there.
Two of his sons did, however, one to Patagonia and the other
to Buenos Aires.
If you would like to read more, click on the miscellany page for
further stories and accounts:
Jones, born in London of Welsh parentage in 1573, is considered
the first significant British architect of the modern era.
Jones was an 18th century Welsh harpist and bard.
Davy Jones was a nickname for
the devil of the sea; from which comes the expression “Davy Jones
John Paul Jones, born
in Scotland, was an American naval hero of the Revolutionary War.
Edward Jones, a statistician,
was in 1882 the co-founder of the Dow-Jones index.
Bobby Jones was the great
American amateur golfer of the 1920’s.
Quincy Jones is the American
jazz music impresario.
Catherine Zeta Jones is the
Welsh-born actress married to Michael Douglas.
Select Jones Today
- 578,000 in the UK (most numerous
- 491,000 in America (most numerous in Texas)
- 171,000 elsewhere (most numerous in Australia)
Jones is the #2 ranked surname in the UK and the #5 ranked in America.
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