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Origins of the Jackson surname

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What does the name Jackson mean?

The origin of the Jackson surname is most often thought to be English (some believe it to have arisen in the borders between England and Scotland), though it is common across the British Isles and English-speaking world. Jackson is the 24th most popular surname in England and Wales. Jackson is a patronymic name, referring to the 'son of Jack/John'.

Alternative variations of the name Jackson

Jackson, Jacksone, Jackeson, Jacson, Jacksun

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Where do most Jacksons live?

In 1921, most Jacksons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Jacksons

How common is your surname?

19th most common surname in the UK

We have 867,000 records for the Jackson surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Jacksons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Jackson first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Jacksons

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Jacksons in 1921


Cotton Weaver


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


House Servant


Common Male occupations for Jacksons in 1921
Coal Miner




General Labourer


Agricultural Labourer


Farm Labourer


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