When Raymond Bernard Jordan was born on 11 March 1906, in Chester Township, Howard, Iowa, United States, his father, Edward J Jordan, was 41 and his mother, Sarah M Liberty, was 29. He married Alta Eernisse on 14 February 1941, in Riceville, Howard, Iowa, United States. He lived in Howard Township, Howard, Iowa, United States in 1925 and Wayne Township, Mitchell, Iowa, United States for about 20 years. He died on 15 September 1965, at the age of 59, and was buried in Le Roy, Mower, Minnesota, United States.
English, German, French (mainly Alsace and Haute-Savoie), Polish, Czech, and Slovenian; Spanish and Hungarian (Jordán): from the Christian personal name or nickname Jordan. This is taken from the name of the river Jordan (Hebrew Yarden, a derivative of yarad ‘to go down’, i.e. to the Dead Sea). At the time of the Crusades it was a 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 result Jordan became quite a common personal name.