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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

Similar surnames: Jonas, Janes, Jone, Jons, Bones, Joles, Fones, Montes, Rones, Sones

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Where is the Jones family from?

You can see how Jones families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jones family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jones families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 1,940 Jones families living in New York. This was about 13% of all the recorded Jones's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Jones families in 1840.
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What did your Jones ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jones. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jones were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 9 million census records available for the last name Jones. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jones census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1 million immigration records available for the last name Jones. 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 Cards

There are 1 million military records available for the last name Jones. For the veterans among your Jones ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jones lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jones life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jones in 1940 was 39, and 72 in 2004.

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