History of your Surname
Get access to Jack family records.Start a free trial

Jack Family History

Jack Name Meaning

Scottish and English: from a Middle English personal name, Jakke, from Old French Jacques, the usual French form of Latin Jacobus, which is the source of both Jacob and James. As a family name in Britain, this is almost exclusively Scottish. English and Welsh: from the same personal name as 1, taken as a pet form of John. German (also Jäck): from a short form of the personal name Jacob. Americanized form of one or more like-sounding Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Pack, Sack, Mack, Back, Tack, Beck, Hack, Bick, Jach, Jacek

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Jack family from?

You can see how Jack families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jack family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jack families were found in and Scotland in 1841and Scotland in 1851and Scotland in 1861and Scotland in 1871and Scotland in 1881and Scotland in 1891and Scotland in 1901. In 1911 there were 399 Jack families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Jack's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Jack families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jack surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jack ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Jack. 30% of Jack men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Jack women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jack were Laborer and Labourer.

View Census data for Jack | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Fisherman
    6%
  • Laborer
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    15%
  • Income
    12%
  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Labourer
    9%
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Jack family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 187,000 census records available for the last name Jack. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jack census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Canadian census records for Jack

Passenger Lists

There are 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Jack. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Jack immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Jack. For the veterans among your Jack ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Jack military records

You've only scratched the surface of Jack family history.

Discover More

What is the average Jack lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Jack life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jack in 1946 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Jack

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Jack family tree

Explore Your Tree
Search for another surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial