Jordon Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Jorden Origen:

England, Ireland

Origen o Jorden:

Jordan was a very famous name provided principally to Crusader’s children because the Crusaders brought back with them jars of water from Jordan during the Crusades that was dedicated to their children. The name derives itself from the Hebrew “Yarden” which means “to move downward” or “declined”. The latin spelling of the name, i.e. “Jordanus”, is first listed in 1121 in the registers of Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk for Jurdanus de Brakenberge in the pre 12th Century Social and business scripts of London. The surname from this origin first arises in the second half of the 12th Century. A John Jorden is recorded in the year 1202 in Fine Court Rolls of Cambridgeshire. The formation “Jourdan” and “Jurdain” develop in the Subsidy Rolls of Sussex, dated 1327 and 1332 approximately. In February 1623, Sislye and Mary Jordan listed in a list of the living in “Jordan’s Journey” in “Virginia.” They are the pre-listed settlers in America holding this name.



Most common variations are: Jordeson, Jordan, Jordon, Jourdan, Jordison, Jourdain, Jurdan.


The surname Jorden was first originated in Normandy where the name there was listed as Jordanus as in the recording of Richard, Rovert and William Jordanus. A part of the family settled in Ireland with the “English Attackers” in 1168 and at that time were recognized as De Exeter for the reason that they appeared from Exonia or Exeter in England. They accompanied with Strongbow, Commander of Pembroke, in his attack of Ireland, and derived lands from King John, the English Lord. In order to look more Irish, the name changed to MacJordan after Jordan De Courcy (Jordan Teutonicus) who passed away in 1197.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Robert Jordan, dated 1182 in the seal’s List of Yorkshire, it was during the time of King Henry II who was known to be the “Builder of Churches” dated 1154–1189. The origin of surnames during this period became a necessity with the introduction of personal taxation. It came to be known as Poll Tax in England. Surnames all over the country began to develop, with unique and shocking spelling varieties of the original one.

United States of America:

People of Jorden settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the people of Jorden family who settled in the United States in the 17th century included Peter Jorden, who arrived in Virginia in 1620 and Peeter Jorden, who landed in Virginia in 1623. Thomas Jorden landed in Virginia in 1624-1625. Joane Jordan at the age of 16, landed in America in 1635 and Abbigall Jorden, who landed in Virginia in 1648.

Some of the people of the Jorden family who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Koenraed Jorden, who landed in New York in 1709, Patrick Jorden arrived in America in 1727 and John Jorden at the age of 19, landed in Maryland in 1775 during the 18th Century.

Some of the people of Jorden family who settled in the United States in the 19th century included Joh Heinr Jorden arrived in America in the year 1849 during the 19th Century.


People of Jorden settled in Canada in two different centuries respectively in the 17th and 18th. Some of the population of Jorden family who settled in Canada in the 18th century included John Jorden who was a juryman of St. John’s, Newfoundland in the year 1750. William Jorden settled in Quidi Vidi, Newfoundland in 1765. William Jorden in Belle Isle, Newfoundland in 1770 and Judith Jorden in Brigus married in St. John’s, Newfoundland in 1776.

Some of the people of Jorden family who settled in Canada in the 19th century Mary Jorden from division Tipperary married in St. John’s Newfoundland in 1814 and Mary Jorden from division Tipperary married in St.John’s in the year 1814. Henry and Thomas Jorden settled in Pouch Cove, Newfoundland in the year 1871.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Jorden: United States 1,796; England 161; Canada 110; Australia 63; Canada 110; South Africa 91; Brazil 64; Netherlands 27; India 25; Ukraine 12; Russia 8.

Notable People:

Edward Jorden (1569-1633), was a British physics and chemistry doctor.

Edwin J. Jorden (1863-1903), was an American politician; Congressman from Pennsylvania.

Eleanor Jorden (1920-2009), was an American grammar professor and Japanese language educator.

James Jorden (contemporary), was an American journalist, musician, and opera supervisor and manager.

Tim Jorden (born 1966), was an American professional football player.

William Jorden (1923-2009), was an American news reporter, agent, and writer.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Azure a lion rampant between three crosses crosslet or. Crest—Out of a mural coronet a hand proper vested azure brandishing a sword waved of the first.

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