The particularly interesting thing about this is that the traditional Welsh alphabet doesn't include the letter J. It has 28 letters and, yes, the double letters count as one in crosswords for example:
a, b, c, ch, d, dd, e, f, ff, g, ng, h, i, l, ll, m, n, o, p, ph, r, rh, s, t, th, u, w, y
J is sometimes included in Welsh dictionaries now because it's used in words that we have 'borrowed' from English, such as jam or jar or garej.
So if there's no J in the alphabet how come there are so many Joneses in Wales?
Jones isn't of Welsh origin so to solve this mystery we have to go back through the centuries.
In 1536 England and Wales were united politically and the Acts of Union prohibited the use of the Welsh language and required all official documents to be written in English. Common Welsh names like Ioan or Ieuan or Sion were sometimes written down as John or Jones, those being the English names that sounded most similar.
So that's why we have so many Joneses without a J.
But, tell me, now are you surprised that there is some antipathy between the Welsh and their English invaders?
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