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MacSeóin and Seóin- the Irish forms of the surname Jones, which comes ultimately from the Welsh surname.Jones only became common in England, during the 20th century, through immigration.

Its linguistic origin in Wales and the marches is a matter of some complexity and debate. In the present writer's view, the name developed as a Welsh patronymic through the Norman/Breton introduction of biblical names in the Middle Ages. Thus, the formation of the Welsh Siôn, for example, is a late formation of the Norman Jehan/Jean, named after the evangelist St John, and a very popular given name in medieval France.

The original Hebrew name is Yohanan, 'God is gracious'.

The surname came into Ireland first after the Camro-Norman invasion; this was reinforced in the 16th and 17th centuries with British 'settlers'.

In William Petty's 1659 'Census', in the list of 'Principal Irish Names' there are 11 families of McJohn in Barrymore Barony Co Cork. Given that there are recorded several families of MacShane in adjacent baronies, it may be that names have 'fallen together' to some extent in this part of Ireland. This would not change the larger picture of Jones being mainly of British (Welsh) provenance.

By the time of Griffith's 'Valuation' in the 1850s the following counties contained the most Jones' households: Dublin (inc city) 123, Cork 83, Armagh 70, and Fermanagh 66.

The 1890 distribution of births, recorded in the Registrar's 'Report' shows Cork, Antrim, Dublin and Armagh as having the highest numbers.

Jones is the most frequent surname in Wales, and the second most frequent in the UK as a whole.

Jimmy Jones (b. 1928) born in Lurgan, Co Armagh, was a league footballer for Belfast Celtic. His leg was broken during rioting after a game with the loyalist Linfield Club.

My pesonal favourite Jones would be John Paul Jones (1747-1792) the Scottish born naval commander in the nascent U.S. navy, who is famous for his daring exploits in British waters during the American Revolution.

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Michelle Jones

my grandfather was a jones he said that his origin came from wales and ireland i dont know much about him but i know my great great grandparents are from ireland .

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Jones name has a long history in British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Jones story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Jones surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Jones story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. An ancestor and many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207

Anthony Barrett

The Jones name has a long history in Wales, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Jones story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B2] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Jones surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland. The Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France according to research from the Centre de Recherche Bretonne et Celtique. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscription

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