JORDAN Name Meaning and Origin

The Jordan river in Israel is a possible origin of the Jordan surname
The Jordan river north of Israel. Getty / Lior Filshteiner

The common surname Jordan derived from the common Christian baptismal name Jordan, taken from the river by that name flowing between the countries of Jordan and Israel. Jordan derives from the Hebrew ירדן (Yarden), meaning "to descend" or "to flow down.

Jordan is the 106th most common last name in America according to data from the 2000 U.S. census.

Surname Origin: English, French, German, Spanish, Hungarian

Alternate Surname Spellings:  GIORDANO (Italian), JORDAAN (Dutch), JORDÁN (Spanish), JORDÃO (Portuguese), JOURDAIN (French), GEORDAN, GERDAN, GIORDAN, JORDAIN, JORDAINE, JORDANIS, JORDEN, JORDENS, JORDIN, JOURDAINE, JOURDAN, JOURDANE, JOURDEN, JURDEN, JURDIN, JURDON, SIURDAIN, YORDAN

Famous People with the Surname JORDAN:

  • Michael Jordan - NBA basketball star
  • Barbara Jordan - civil rights activist and U.S. Representative
  • Louis Jordan - saxophonist and singer

Genealogy Resources for the Surname JORDAN:

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Jordan Family Surname DNA Website
The JORDAN family DNA project consists of members with the Jordan surname from the USA, Canada and Europe dedicated to "discovering matches between participants that enable them to achieve their goals in genealogical research." 

Jordan Family Genealogy Forum
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FamilySearch - JORDAN Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Jordan surname and its variations.

JORDAN Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Jordan surname.

DistantCousin.com - JORDAN Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Jordan.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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