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Jackson Name Meaning

English Scottish and northern Irish: patronymic from Jack . In North America this surname has absorbed other patronymics beginning with J- in various European languages in particular those derived from equivalents or short forms and other derivatives of the personal name Jacob e.g. Norwegian Jacobsen or Jakobsen and in some cases Slovenian Jakše (from a derivative of the personal name Jakob ). This surname is also very common among African Americans (see also 2 below). African American: from the personal name Jackson (or Andrew Jackson) adopted in honor of Andrew Jackson the 7th president of the US; or adoption of the surname in 1 above in many cases probably for the same reason.

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

Similar surnames: Jacobson, Jason, Jameson, Dickson, Hickson, Jamison, Nickson, Jacks

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Where is the Jackson family from?

You can see how Jackson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jackson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jackson families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 5,349 Jackson families living in Ontario. This was about 55% of all the recorded Jackson's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Jackson families in 1911.
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What did your Jackson ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Jackson. 30% of Jackson men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Jackson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jackson were Clerk and Teacher. .

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*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
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Teacher
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There are 3 million census records available for the last name Jackson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jackson census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 325,000 immigration records available for the last name Jackson. 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.

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Draft Cards

There are 585,000 military records available for the last name Jackson. For the veterans among your Jackson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jackson lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Jackson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jackson in 1940 was 47, and 71 in 2004.

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