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Origins of surname

Ten per cent of Welsh people are called Jones, as are usually several members of their Rugby Union XV, but the name is of English origin, and can ultimately be traced back to John and Joan, derived from the French personal names Jean and Jeanne.

Early records

The surname first made an appearance in Jersey church registers towards the end of the 17th century, several soldiers of that name in the island garrison marrying local girls. The first was Thomas Jones, who married Rachel Le Brun in 1671. He was probably from England, but those responsible for maintaining the records made no distinction at that time between immigrants from England, Wales and Scotland.

Despite the existence of over 250 Jones baptism and birth records in our database, it has proved nigh impossible to assemble a meaningful family tree. The situation is not helped by William Henrys becoming Henry Williams between baptism and marriage records, and the absence online of any trees covering more than two generations with significant numbers of Jones family members born in the island.


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