When Virginia E. Jordan was born on 16 April 1882, in Port Gibson, Claiborne, Mississippi, United States, her father, James Bascom Jordan, was 45 and her mother, Mary Louise van Rensselaer, was 25. She married Frank J. McGraw on 4 September 1901, in Warren, Mississippi, United States. She lived in Seattle, King, Washington, United States in 1910 and Pittsburgh, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States in 1920. She died on 20 February 1936, in Tioga, Pennsylvania, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Westview Cemetery, Atlanta, Fulton, Georgia, 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.