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Jones Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John ) with genitival or post-medieval excrescent -s. The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. It began to be adopted as a non-hereditary surname in some parts of Wales from the 16th century onward but did not become a widespread hereditary surname there until the 18th and 19th centuries. In North America this surname has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. It is (including in the sense 2 below) the fifth most frequent surname in the US. It is also very common among African Americans and Native Americans. English: habitational or occupational name for someone who lived or worked ‘at John's (house)’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Jonas, Janes, Jone, Jons, Bones, Joles, Fones, Montes, Rones, Sones

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You can see how Jones families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jones family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jones families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 40,138 Jones families living in Glamorgan. This was about 11% of all the recorded Jones's in United Kingdom. Glamorgan had the highest population of Jones families in 1891.
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What did your Jones ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Jones. 5% of Jones men worked as a General Labourer and 60% of Jones women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jones were Builders Labourer and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Colliery Hewer
  • Builders Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Household Duties
  • Housewife
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There are 1 million military records available for the last name Jones. For the veterans among your Jones ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jones lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jones life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jones in 1940 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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