Writing or speaking words become the threads that bind a cultural group together in this world of experiences. Events of life like birth, death, and all the places in between, are packaged in words that get past down from one generation to the next. The following table shows some of these words used among the language groups that played a role in the derivation of the surname JONES. The words of life they are called.
Now what has this got to do with the surname JONES you may be asking. Well, if you will, take each word in the first column and move its spelling across the other columns, you will see variations among the language groups. Some spellings are close, but for the Welsh there are dramatic differences. For example, the word for "Man" is "dyn" in the Welsh, but "homo" in Latin, "homme" in French, an "anthropose" in the Greek. In the Anglo-Saxon it is "man". Take some time and look through the words of life.
All this analysis shows how different the Welsh tongue is to our English tongue. This difference is one main factor in the "phonetic" changes that took place during the course of the chronology of our surname JONES. The language groups listed above all played a role in the formation and changes to our surname. Welsh to English passing thorough a group of languages to become JONES. What a "BIG" picture indeed it is.
Note: This table was put together after many years of trying to piece together why the various spellings of "John" appeared in the documents of the day. Who would have known?