Jackson Family History

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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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Jackson Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Jackson name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Jackson Family Origin

Where is the Jackson family from?

Jackson Family Occupations

What did your Jackson ancestors do for a living?

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

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  • Farmer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


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

Jackson Historical Records

What Jackson family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 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 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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Jackson Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jackson 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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