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Jordan Name Meaning

English German French (mainly Alsace and Haute-Savoie) Polish Czech and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán): from the Christian personal name or nickname Jordan. This is taken from the name of the river Jordan (Hebrew Yarden a derivative of yarad ‘to go down’ i.e. to the Dead Sea). At the time of the Crusades it was a common practice for crusaders and pilgrims to bring back flasks of water from the river in which John the Baptist had baptized people including Christ himself and to use it in the christening of their own children. As a result Jordan became quite a common personal name.

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

Similar surnames: Bogdan, Dorman, Jorden, Gordon, Lordan, Norden, Orban, Jourdan

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You can see how Jordan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jordan family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jordan families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,181 Jordan families living in London. This was about 16% of all the recorded Jordan's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Jordan families in 1891.
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What did your Jordan 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 Jordan. 8% of Jordan men worked as a General Labourer and 66% of Jordan women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jordan were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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
  • Builders Labourer
  • Gardener
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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There are 192,000 military records available for the last name Jordan. For the veterans among your Jordan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jordan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jordan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jordan in 1940 was 41, and 72 in 2004.

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