Jones Family History

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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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Jones Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jones name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jones. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Germanic Europe


  • Benin/Togo


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Jones Family Origin

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Jones Family Occupations

What did your Jones ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Servant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jones. The most common Jones occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of Jones's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Jones family was Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Servant

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Jones ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Jones Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

There are 1 million immigration records available for the last name Jones. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Jones Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jones ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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