Aristocrats and criminals have loads in common: they’re both selfish, get bored easy, and have access to vaults of cash they didn’t work honestly to get.
— Elliot on the Jordans
Jordan is the surname of an ancient and wealthy pure-blood wizarding family that resides in England, former members of the Sacred Twenty-Eight. Like most pure-blood families, the Jordan name is synonymous with elevated status and wealth, but also underlying corruption and iniquity. They are renowned for their belief in the notion of pure-blood supremacy, frequently displaying disdain towards Muggles, Muggle-borns, Squibs and in some select cases half-bloods. Though chiefly English, the family have many ties to Eastern Europe, and prefer to marry outside of Britain's small pool of available pure-bloods in order to secure their blood status. However, history has shown that it is not uncommon for members of the family to intermarry with cousins, which in turn have lead to generations of violent and unstable characters.
Relatives by marriage
- Bartley Cauldwell — husband of Varvara Cauldwell (née Jordan) (both are defected)
- Edward Quisling — husband of Juliet Quisling (née Jordan) (both are defected)
- Daphne Sevchenko — wife of Xanthas Jordan
- Florinda Cabral — wife of Gregory Jordan
- Elliot Potter — husband of Jamie Jordan
- Zachary Garnett — husband of Amy Jordan
- "Usually, the Jordan impulse is to throw money at a problem and if that doesn't work, then violence."
- —Amy Jordan regarding her family's imprudence with money
The name Jordan is a derivative form of the Hebrew word "yarden", meaning to descend or "to go down." This name is also taken from the river Jordan in the Middle East. At the time of the Crusades it was common practice for crusaders and pilgrims to bring back flasks of water from the river in which John the Baptist had baptized people, including Christ himself, and to use it in the christening of their own children. As a result Jordan has become quite a common personal name.
- Many members of the Jordan family have died at considerably younger ages than is normal for wizards and witches. Hardly any have lived to be older than one hundred, and their cause of death is hardly ever natural. This is possibly the result of major inbreeding as well as emotional instability and violence.