Jones (surname)

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Family name
Pronunciation /ˈnz/
Meaning Offspring of John/Jone
Region of origin Wales
Language(s) of origin Middle English
Related names MacSeoin

Jones is a surname of Welsh origins, meaning "John's", as in "John's son". It is most common in Wales and south central England.[1][2] In Ireland the surname has been Gaelicized as MacSeoin.


Distribution of Jones surname in Britain

It first appears on record as a surname in England in 1273 with the name "Matilda Jones".[2] Others put the first known record of the surname Jones as 1279, in Huntingdonshire, England.[3]

20th and 21st centuries[edit]

Jones remains the most popular surname in Wales, borne by 5.75% of the population.[4] The frequency in England is lower, at 0.75%, making it the second most common surname, after Smith.[4] The 2000 United States census provides a frequency of 0.50%, providing an overall rank of 5th most frequent with 57.7% White, 37.7% Black, 1.4% Hispanic, 0.9% Native American.[5]

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  1. ^ Percy Hide Reaney; Richard Middlewood Wilson (1991). A Dictionary of English Surnames. Taylor & Francis Group. pp. 1784–. ISBN 978-0-415-05737-0. Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Surname Database: Jones Last Name Origin". Retrieved 19 December 2012. 
  3. ^ Reaney, Percy Hilde (1995), Wilson, Richard Middlewood, ed., A Dictionary of English Surnames (3rd ed.), Oxford University Press, p. 256, ISBN 0-19-863146-4 
  4. ^ a b McElduff, Fiona; Pablo Mateos; Angie Wade; Mario Cortina Borja (2008). "What's in a name? The frequency and geographic distributions of UK surnames". Significance 5 (4): 189–192. doi:10.1111/j.1740-9713.2008.00332.x. 
  5. ^ Word, David L.; et al. (2000). "Demographic Aspects of Surnames from Census 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 12 July 2014. 

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