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Jackson Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and northern Irish: patronymic from Jack 1. As an American surname this has absorbed other patronymics beginning with J- in various European languages.

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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 861 Jackson families living in New York. This was about 15% of all the recorded Jackson's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Jackson families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Jackson surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Jackson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Jackson. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jackson were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Farm Laborer
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Cook
  • Laundress
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

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 the USA, 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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