From Church Latin, a feminine form of the boy's name Angelus (see Angel). The older feminine form Angelis has been completely superseded by Angela, which increased greatly in popularity in Britain and America from the 18th century onwards.
English and Welsh: patronymic from the Middle English personal name Jon(e) (see John). The surname is especially common in Wales and southern central England. In North America this name has absorbed various cognate and like-sounding surnames from other languages. (For forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988).