Jack Family History

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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

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Jack Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jack name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Jack. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Jack Family Origin

Where is the Jack family from?

Jack Family Occupations

What did your Jack ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Jack occupation in the UK was Farmer. 5% of Jack's were Farmers. Farmer, Coal Miner and Fisherman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jack. A less common occupation for the Jack family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Fisherman

  • Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Jack ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Jack Historical Records

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Census Record

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.

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Passenger List

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

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Draft Card

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.

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Jack Life Expectancy

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.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jack ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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