When Simeon Jordan was born on 30 October 1829, in Pennsylvania, United States, his father, Montford C Jordan, was 23 and his mother, Hannah Woodrow, was 17. He died on 21 April 1849, in his hometown, at the age of 19.
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.
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