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Family spelling variants include Joanes, Joens, Johnes, Johnys, Joynes, Johns.
There are approximately 2,029,148 Jones family members around the world. In general you can double this figure to include those related to the Jones names to allow for those connected to the name through maiden name connections.
It is estimated that the largest group of Jones family members live USA with 1,430,000 (70.5%) members, England with 262,805 (13%), Australia with 95,808 (4.7%), Wales with 86,331 (4.3%), Canada with 62,958 (3.1%), South Africa with 58,554 (2.9%), Scotland with 13,257 (0.7%), New Zealand with 9,912 and Ireland with 9,523 (0.5%) members.
An English and Welsh variant of the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (John).
An English locative name for someone who lived or worked ‘at John’s (house)’.
Similar to John or Johns, the name signifies 'gracious'.
Early bearers of the surname include: Matilda Jones, 1279 in Hundred Rolls (Hunts); Roger Jonis, 1327 in Subsidy Rolls (Suffolk); Robert Johns, 1327 in Subsidy Rolls (Somerset); Edwardo Jones, 1381 in Poll Tax (Turkdean, Gloucs); Thomas Jones, 1497 in PROB 11 (Bristol, Gloucs); Elizabeth Jones, 1541 in IGI (Middleton by Oldham, Lancs); George Jones, 1566 in IGI (Prestbury, Cheshire).
Robert Jones, an English convict from Middlesex, was transported aboard the "Almorah" in April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia.
In 1891 Census, there were 349,541 occurrences in England and Wales and a further 1,815 in Scotland.
In 1881 Census, the surname was widespread especially Wales, West Midlands and Lancashire. It was also frequent in the Southern county of Kent and was reported as a top county for the surname with 4,193 occurrences.
In 1881, Farmer, Coal Miner and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jones in the UK. The most common Jones occupation was a Farmer and a less common occupation was Agricultural Labourer.
The noted, Richard Jones (1790 – 1855) was an English economist born in Tunbridge Wells, Kent. He was known for criticising the theoretical views of David Ricardo and T. R. Malthus on economic rent and population.
1881, 1891 Census
1881 Census in Kent
Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003
Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890
The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016
1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain
1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain
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