Meaning and Origin of Jordan - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Jordan

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Girl name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Descender

Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Descender

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English, French, German, Polish, and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán) : from the Christian baptismal nameJordan. This is taken from the name of the river Jordan (HebrewYarden, a derivative of yarad ‘to go down’, i.e. to the Dead Sea). At the time of the Crusades it was common practice for crusaders and pilgrims to bring back flasks of water from the river in which John the Baptist had baptized people, including Christ himself, and to use it in the christening of their own children. As a resultJordan became quite a common personal name.

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