Origin of the Name Jordan
The origin of the name Jordan
was found in the allfamilycrests.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 coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Jordan descendants.