Ethel Mildred John

Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

The Life of Ethel Mildred

When Ethel Mildred John was born on 29 March 1900, in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom, her father, James Henry John, was 24 and her mother, Florence Ellen Edmonds, was 23. She married Arthur Johnson Griffiths on 3 January 1923, in Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom.

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Family Time Line

Ethel Mildred John
Arthur Johnson Griffiths
Marriage: 3 January 1923

Spouse & Children

  • Female1900–Female

  • Arthur Johnson Griffiths


3 January 1923
Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, United Kingdom

Parents & Siblings



  • Female1900–Female

  • Ivor Henry John


  • Thomas Frederick John


  • Florence Edith John


  • Harold James John


World Events (8)


Age 8

London, United Kingdom hosts Summer Olympic Games.
1925 · National Party (Plaid Cymru) Founded

Age 25

The Plaid Cymru, or the National Party, started out as a social movement against threats to the Welsh language and customs. It wasn’t until 1966 that the party had a seat in Parliament. 

Age 40

Winston Churchill becomes prime minister. British fighter pilots repel German air attacks in the Battle of Britain. London and other cities badly damaged in German bombing raids.

Name Meaning

English, Welsh, German, etc.: ultimately from the Hebrew personal name yōḥānān ‘Jehovah has favored (me with a son)’ or ‘may Jehovah favor (this child)’.This personal name was adopted into Latin (via Greek) as Johannes, and has enjoyed enormous popularity in Europe throughout the Christian era, being given in honor of St. John the Baptist, precursor of Christ, and of St. John the Evangelist, author of the fourth gospel, as well as others of the nearly one thousand other Christian saints of the name. Some of the principal forms of the personal name in other European languages are Welsh Ieuan, Evan, Siôn, and Ioan; Scottish Ia(i)n; Irish Séan; German Johann, Johannes, Hans; Dutch Jan; French Jean; Italian Giovanni, Gianni, Ianni; Spanish Juan; Portuguese João; Greek Iōannēs (vernacular Yannis); Czech Jan; Russian Ivan. Polish has surnames both from the western Slavic form Jan and from the eastern Slavic form Iwan. There were a number of different forms of the name in Middle English, including Jan(e), a male name ( see Jane ); Jen ( see Jenkin ); Jon(e) ( see Jones ); and Han(n) ( see Hann ). There were also various Middle English feminine versions of this name (e.g. Joan, Jehan), and some of these were indistinguishable from masculine forms. The distinction on grounds of gender between John and Joan was not firmly established in English until the 17th century. It was even later that Jean and Jane were specialized as specifically feminine names in English; bearers of these surnames and their derivatives are more likely to derive them from a male ancestor than a female. As a surname in the British Isles, John is particularly frequent in Wales, where it is a late formation representing Welsh Siôn rather than the older form Ieuan (which gave rise to the surname Evan ). As an American family name this form has absorbed various cognates from continental European languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 .) It is used as a given name among Christians in India, and in the U.S. has come to be used as a surname among families from southern India.

Possible Related Names

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Ethel Mildred John in household of James Henry John, "England and Wales Census, 1911"
  • Ethel Mildred John, "Wales, Pembrokeshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912"
  • Ethel Mildred John, "Wales, Pembrokeshire, Parish Registers, 1538-1912"

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