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Origins of the Jones surname

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What does the name Jones mean?

A popular surname, Jones originated in Wales, where it remains the most common in the country today (5.75% of the population), the second most popular in England (0.75%) and fifth in the United States. Jones derives from the patronymic Welsh naming tradition and describes someone who is the son of Ioan, John or Johan. Upon the Anglicisation of names in Wales in the 1500s, the descriptive stuck and was passed from generation to generation from this point forwards. Although a name based root has no single point of origin to trace back to, it's of interest that those families who derived from the 'son of John', the surname Jones is firmly Welsh; in England the name Johnson as opposed to Johns or John was overwhelmingly used.

Alternative variations of the name Jones

Jones, Jonas, Jone, Joans, Johns, John

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Where do most Joneses live?

In 1921, most Joneses lived in South West.

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Interesting facts about Joneses

How common is your surname?

2nd most common surname in the UK

We have 3,500,000 records for the Jones surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Joneses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Jones first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Joneses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Joneses in 1921


General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


House Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Joneses in 1921
Coal Miner




Coal Miner Hewer


General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


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