Humanities › History & Culture JACKSON Surname Meaning and Origin Share Flipboard Email Print NoraVector / Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated October 14, 2019 The patronymic surname Jackson means "son of Jack." The personal/given name Jack may have derived from one of several sources. Perhaps it was derived from the name "Jackin," a medieval diminutive of the name "John," itself the English form of "Iohannes," which is Latin for the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), initially derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yohanan). Yohanan means "Jehovah has favored," or more loosely "gift of God." Because Jack relates to John, Jackson is related to the surname Johnson. The other option for Jackson is as a possible a derivation of the Old French given name "Jacque," French for the English name "Jacob." The name derives from the Latin "Jacobus" which, in turn, derives from the Hebrew personal name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov). Fast Facts: Jackson Origin: English, ScottishAlternate Spellings: Jackson, Jacksen, Jacson, Jaxon, and Jaxson Where Are the Jacksons Found? Jackson is reliably found among the top twenty last names in the U.S. According to WorldNames public profiler, the Jackson surname is found in the greatest numbers in the U.K. and Australia. It is most prevalent in northern England, especially Cumbria county. The name is also popular in the U.S., especially in Washington D.C. and the southeastern states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana. Famous People with the Surname JACKSON Andrew Jackson: 7th President of the United StatesMichael Jackson: American pop singerAugustus Jackson: creator of several ice cream recipes and inventor of an improved method of manufacturing ice cream ca. 1832Quinton "Rampage" Jackson: American professional mixed martial arts fighterThomas "Stonewall" Jackson: Confederate general in the U.S. Civil WarConrad Feger Jackson: Union Army general in the American Civil War Genealogy Resources for the Jackson Name Jackson Family Genealogy: A source dedicated to the descendants of Robert Jackson, who arrived in Massachusetts with his father circa 1630.Jackson Project: A source for researching family tree information, reading biographies, checking out DNA results, or submitting your own DNA to learn more about your own Jackson ancestors.Jackson Family Genealogy Forum: A message board where Jacksons post their queries and find others researching ancestryJackson Family Tree at Genealogy Today: A collection of genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical files for Jacksons Resources and Further Reading Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.Cottle, Basil. The Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Penguin, 1987.Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University, 2003.Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German-Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing, 2003.