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There are many possible variations to the surname, including Joines, Joins, Joynes, Joyne, Jines, possibly Gynes, and others.

The surname may have originated in Western England or Wales.

In the 1881 Census of England, there were 81 people with the surname spelled Joines. The majority of those living in the counties of Staffordshire and Oxfordshire. Also, in the 1881 Census of England, there were 522 people with the surname spelled Joynes. The majority of those living in the counties of Gloucestershire and Nottinghamshire.

A passenger list from 1635 shows that John Joines sailed from London aboard the Hopewell bound for New England. In 1638 Randell Crewe (Crewes?) received a land grant in Virginia for providing passage and support for John Joines along with twelve others. The next known record of a Joines/Joynes in America is of Edmund Joynes, who lived on the Eastern Shore of Virginia in the late 1600s and early 1700s. Some of his descendants still live there. The results of the DNA project indicate that most Joines/Joynes/Jines men in America are descendants of Edmund Joynes.


There are several branches of the Joines/Joynes/Jines family across America and the world.

Ezekiel Joines settled in Northwest North Carolina in the 1770s. Documents prove that Ezekiel came from Delaware or the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Men with the Joines surname lived in Georgia in the late 1700s. Noah and Joseph Joines migrated from Georgia to Kentucky. Some descendants of this family use the name Jines.

Thomas Joines, who was born in Maryland, migrated to Tennessee, and several of his descendants moved to Texas.

Joines and Joynes families live in New Zealand and Australia while families with the surname Joineson or Joyneson live in England. Are we related? Let's find out.

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