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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

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

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Jordan Family Origin

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Jordan Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Jordan family was Farm Laborer. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jordan. The most common Jordan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Jordan's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Jordan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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Jordan Life Expectancy

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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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