Jordon Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Jordon Name
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.
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.
Jordon Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Jordon blazon are the cross crosslet and lion. The two main tinctures (colors) are azure and or.
The bright, strong blue color in Heraldry is known in English as azure, and similarly in other European languages – azul in Spanish, azurro in Italian and azur in French. The word has its roots in the Arabic word lazura, also the source of the name of the precious stone lapis lazuli 1A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Azure. Despite this, those heralds who liked to associate colours with jewels chose instead to describe blue as Sapphire. According to Wade, the use of this colour symbolises “Loyalty and Truth” 2The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36.
Or is the heraldic metal Gold, often shown as a bold, bright yellow colour. It is said to show “Generosity and elevation of the mind” 3The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35. Later heralds, of a more poetic nature liked to refer to it as Topaz, after the gemstone, and, for obvious reasons associated it with the Sun 4Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In drawings without colour it is usually represented by many small dots, or by the letter ‘O’ 5A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P76-77.
No other symbol appearing in heraldry is subject to as much variation as the cross 6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 47. Mediaeval Europe was a deeply religious and Christian and many of the nobility wanted to show their devotion by adopting the symbol of the cross as part of the arms. Since no two arms could be identical there arose many variants of the cross. The cross crosslet is one of these, being symetrical both vertically and horizontally and having an additional cross bar on each arm. 7A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Cross Crosslet Wade suggests that these additional crossing signify “the fourfold mystery of the Cross”. 8The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P103
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 9A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 10Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 11Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 12A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 13The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.