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Jordan Name Meaning
English, French, German, Polish, and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán): from the Christian baptismal name 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 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Jordan Families

  • Number of Jordan families
     753 - 1,504
     252 - 752
     1 - 251
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Jordan families
     1,092 - 2,181
     365 - 1,091
     1 - 364
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Jordan families
     97 - 191
     33 - 96
     1 - 32
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Jordan Family Origin

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Jordan Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Jordan

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Jordan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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