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a male given name: from an Irish word meaning “brave.”.
[an-suh n] /ˈæn sən/ (Show IPA), 1798–1858, president of the Republic of Texas.
[key-see] /ˈkeɪ si/ (Show IPA), (John Luther Jones) 1864–1900, U.S. locomotive engineer: folk hero of ballads, stories, and plays.
Chuck (Charles Martin Jones) 1912–2002, U.S. film animator.
Daniel, 1881–1967, English phonetician.
Ernest, 1879–1958, Welsh psychoanalyst.
(Everett) LeRoi
[luh-roi,, lee-roi] /ləˈrɔɪ,, ˈli rɔɪ/ (Show IPA) original name of Imamu Amiri Baraka.
Henry Arthur, 1851–1929, English dramatist.
Howard Mumford
[muhm-ferd] /ˈmʌm fərd/ (Show IPA), 1892–1980, U.S. educator and critic.
[in-i-goh] /ˈɪn ɪˌgoʊ/ (Show IPA), 1573–1652, English architect.
John Luther (“Casey”) 1864–1900, legendary U.S. locomotive engineer, raised in Cayce, Ky.
John Paul (John Paul) 1747–92, American naval commander in the Revolutionary War, born in Scotland.
John Winston
[win-stuh n] /ˈwɪn stən/ (Show IPA), 1791–1848, U.S. politician: Speaker of the House 1843–45.
Mary Harris (“Mother Jones”) 1830–1930, U.S. labor leader, born in Ireland.
Quincy (Delight) (“Q”) born 1933, U.S. jazz musician, film composer and producer.
Robert Edmond, 1887–1954, U.S. set designer.
Robert Tyre
[tahyuh r] /taɪər/ (Show IPA), (“Bobby”) 1902–71, U.S. golfer.
Rufus Matthew, 1863–1948, U.S. Quaker, teacher, author, and humanitarian.
Sir William, 1746–94, English jurist, linguist, and Sanskrit scholar.
Charles Dillon (“Casey”) 1891–1975, U.S. baseball player and manager.
Contemporary Examples

The following day, Casey made the front page of both of her hometown tabloids.
A Socialite’s Tragic Curtain Call Jacob Bernstein January 5, 2010

Dr. Casey Jordan, a criminologist and a professor of justice at Western Connecticut State University, agrees.
For the Cleveland Kidnapping Victims, a Tragic Sisterhood Christine Pelisek May 9, 2013

That was a reference to Tony Lazarro, the last boyfriend Casey had begun to spend a lot of time with.
In the Jury’s Hands Diane Dimond July 3, 2011

A defense psychologist is expected to offer a diagnosis of Casey Anthony that includes “brain development” issues.
The Case Against Casey Diane Dimond May 21, 2011

In the explosive Casey Anthony trial, the defense team provides the gasoline.
Casey’s Dysfunctional Lawyer Diane Dimond June 26, 2011

Historical Examples

This was the end of my experience with Lieutenant Casey and his gallant corps.
Pony Tracks Frederic Remington

“That’s a good idea,” said Casey, the wireless man off duty.
The Wreck of the Titan Morgan Robertson

“I should like to know how I am to live now,” sighed Mrs. Casey.
Tiger and Tom and Other Stories for Boys Various

Not unless they happened to be deeply interested in Mrs. Casey.
The Dop Doctor Clotilde Inez Mary Graves

Casey’s red cheek blanched, but it was not with fear for himself.
The U.P. Trail Zane Grey

Daniel. 1881–1967, British phonetician
Daniel. 1912–93, Welsh composer. He wrote nine symphonies and much chamber music
David. 1895–1974, British artist and writer: his literary works, which combine poetry and prose, include In Parenthesis (1937), an account of World War I, and The Anathemata (1952)
Digby (Marritt). Baron. born 1956, British businessman and politician; director-general of the Confederation of British Industry (2000–06); Minister of State for Trade and Investment (2007–08)
Inigo (ˈɪnɪɡəʊ). 1573–1652, English architect and theatrical designer, who introduced Palladianism to England. His buildings include the Banqueting Hall of Whitehall. He also designed the settings for court masques, being the first to use the proscenium arch and movable scenery in England
John Paul, original name John Paul. 1747–92, US naval commander, born in Scotland: noted for his part in the War of American Independence
(Everett) Le Roi (ˈliːrɔɪ), Muslim name Imanu Amìri Baraka. born 1934, US Black poet, dramatist, and political figure
Quincy. born 1933, US composer, arranger, conductor, record producer, and trumpeter, noted esp for his film scores and his collaborations in the recording studio with Michael Jackson
Robert Tyre, known as Bobby Jones. 1902–71, US golfer: won a unique ‘grand slam’ in 1930 of US Open, US Amateur, British Open, and British Amateur championships

surname, literally “John’s (child);” see John. Phrase keep up with the Joneses (1913, American English) is from the title of a comic strip by Arthur R. Momand. The slang sense “intense desire, addiction” (1968) probably arose from earlier use of Jones as a synonym for “heroin,” presumably from the proper name, but the connection, if any, is obscure. Related: Jonesing.

jones (jōnz)


An addiction, especially to heroin.


Heroin; horse, shit
A drug habit: works at two jobs to keep up with the ”Jones”
Any intense interest or absorption: The twenty-something elite definitely has a jones for Jones


: She’s jonesing for those diamond earrings

Related Terms

johnson, scag jones

[1960s+ Narcotics; origin unknown; perhaps an innocent code word used by addicts and dealers]

Davy Jones’s locker
keep up (with the Joneses)


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