Where did the Welsh Johns family come from? What is the Welsh coat of arms/family crest? When did the Johns family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. The earliest explanation for the preponderance of spelling variations is that when Welsh surnames initially developed the vast majority of the population was illiterate. It was therefore up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Johns have included Johnes, Johns, John, Johne and others.
First found in Carmarthenshire (Welsh: Sir Gaerfyrddin), located in Southwest Wales, one of thirteen historic counties and presently one of the principal area in Wales, where they were seated from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.
During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Johns: Phillip and Mary Johns settled in Virginia in 1645; William Johns settled in New England in 1634 with his wife.
Motto Translated: God feeds the ravens.
Suggested Readings for the name Johns
* The Chronicles of John Clark Johns and His Descendants by David Lamar Taylor.
* Mt. Comfort Plantation by Richard L. Guild.
Some noteworthy people of the name Johns
* Jasper Johns (b. 1930), American Artist
* Jasper Johns (b. 1930), American painter known as a precursor of pop art for his innovative works in abstract expressionism
* Glynis Johns (b. 1923), British Actress
* Walter Johns, Canadian Classicist
* William Earl Johns (1893-1968), the well-known British author of the popular "Biggles" series of children's books
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