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Jones Family History

Jones Name Meaning
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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1,224,515 Military Records
1,013,357 Immigration Records
9,158,676 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Jones Families

  • Number of Jones families
     5,906 - 11,809
     1,969 - 5,905
     1 - 1,968
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Jones families
     20,070 - 40,138
     6,691 - 20,069
     1 - 6,690
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Jones families
     527 - 1,052
     176 - 526
     1 - 175
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Jones Family Origin

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Jones Immigration Information

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Jones Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Jones Civil War Service Records

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Confederate
14,871
Union
18,257

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