Jack Family History
Jack Name Meaning
English and Scottish: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Jak Jakke Jagge Jake Jeke Jegge a Picard-Flemish denasalized form of Old Picard and Middle Dutch Janke a pet form of Jan (see John ). It was introduced by Flemings and Picards into Norman and Anglo-Norman usage whence it became a common English and Scottish pet form of John. Although the surname is mainly Scottish in distribution it also occurs in England though the more common form there is Jackson . English: occasionally perhaps from a Middle English borrowing of the Old French personal name Jacque(s) (James). However it is uncertain whether English Jack was ever used as an alternative to James. Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Jack (see 1 above) as a surname. German (also Jäck): from a short form of the personal name Jacob . Americanized form of French Jacques Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press