The name is of English origin.This surname is derived from the Hebrew name Johannon,meaning ‘Jehovah has favoured(me with a son)’ or ‘may Jehovah favour(this child)’,which was latinised Johannes.The name John thus signifies in Hebrew Jehovah’s Gracious Gift.The name evovled through Johan,Jehan,Jean in France,and became John in England.The surname Jones can be derived from these names.The name has enjoyed great popularity in Welsh(as Ioan),German(as Johann),Italian(as Giovanni),Spanish(as Juan).The extreme popularity of the name of those of Welsh descent is due to the form Ioan being adopted in the Welsh Authorised Version of the Bible.The Latin version of the name Johannes enjoyed great popularity during the Cristian era being given in honour of John the Baptist,precursor of Christ,and of St.John the Evangelist,author of the fourth gospel.There are nearly a thousand saints named John.Within England and Wales the surname comes a close second to Smith in popularity.The name in its Hebrew form dates back to biblical times.One of the first forebears to bring this name to Amer… Coat of arms: Or,a lion rampart within a border …
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