Jordan / Family History
The Jordan ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. Jordan is a baptismal name meaning 'the son of Jordan', a very old personal name, originally meaning 'descender'. Variants include Jordanson, Jordison, Jordeson, Jorden, Jordon, Jurden and Jurdon. This name is of Anglo-Norman descent spreading to Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts in these countries. Examples of such are a Roger Jurdan, of Cambridge, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A 'Jordan the Fleming' was Chancellor to David I, Scotland, in the year 1142-1143. In Ireland the name was adopted by a Norman family who held territory in Connaught after the invasion of 1172. The sept became known as the 'Wild Irish', and one of them who was killed in 1422, was described as 'the strongest hand and the bravest heart of all of his time'. The Barony of Gallen was known as MacJordan's territory.The Jordan family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Jordan descendants.