JACKSON Surname Meaning and Origin

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The patronymic surname Jackson means "son of Jack." The personal/given name Jack may have derived from one of several sources:

  1. Derived from the name Jackin, a medieval diminutive of the name John, which is an English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of the Greek name Ιωαννης (Ioannes), itself derived from the Hebrew name יוֹחָנָן (Yohanan), meaning "Jehovah has favored," or more loosely "gift of God." See also the surname Johnson.
  2. Possibly a derivation of the Old French given name Jacque, the French form of the English name Jacob. The name derives from the Latin Jacobus which, in turn, derives from the Hebrew personal name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqov).

Surname Origin: English, Scottish

Alternate Surname Spellings: JACKS

Where Is the JACKSON Surname Found?

According to WorldNames public profiler, the Jackson surname is found in the greatest numbers in the United Kingdom and Australia. It is most prevalent in northern England, especially Cumbria county. The name is also popular in the United States, especially in the District of Columbia and the southeastern states of Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Famous People with the Surname JACKSON

  • Andrew Jackson - 7th President of the United States
  • Michael Jackson - American pop singer
  • Augustus Jackson - creator of several ice cream recipes and inventor of an improved method of manufacturing ice cream c. 1832.
  • Quinton "Rampage" Jackson - American professional mixed martial arts fighter
  • Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson - Confederate general in the U.S. Civil War
  • Conrad Feger Jackson - Union Army general in the American Civil War

Genealogy Resources for the Surname JACKSON

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames and Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

Jackson Family Genealogy
A Web site dedicated to the descendants of Robert Jackson, who arrived in Massachusetts with his father circa 1630.

Jackson Family Tree DNA Project
Read biographies, check out DNA results, or submit your own DNA to learn more about your own Jackson ancestors.

Jackson Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the Jackson surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Jackson query.

FamilySearch - JACKSON Genealogy
Explore over 12 million historical records and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Jackson surname and its variations on this free website sponsored by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

JACKSON Surname and Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Jackson surname.

DistantCousin.com - JACKSON Genealogy & Family History
Explore free databases and genealogy links for the last name Jackson.

The Jackson Genealogy and Family Tree Page
Browse genealogy records and links to genealogical and historical records for individuals with the Jackson surname from the website of Genealogy Today.

References: Surname Meanings and Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.