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Origins of the Jordan surname

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What does the name Jordan mean?

The Jordan surname is English. It is a patronymic, believed to stem from those who are the descendant of a person with the given name Jordan, a popular personal name particularly towards the end of the 1100s (sometimes given to those who had been baptised with holy water taken from the river of the same name).

Alternative variations of the name Jordan

Jordan, Jortan, Jordane, Jordain, Jordaine

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Where do most Jordans live?

In 1921, most Jordans lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Jordans

How common is your surname?

276th most common surname in the UK

We have 128,000 records for the Jordan surname. The oldest one dates back to 1196.

Who were Jordans most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Jordan first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Jordans

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

Common Female occupations for Jordans in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant




Common Male occupations for Jordans in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Farm Hands


Farm Labourer


Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers


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