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The distinguished surname Jackson first emerged in the borderlands between England and Scotland. The name is related to the personal name Jack, a pet form of the popular "John," meaning "God has favored," and refers to "a son of Jack." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


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The surname Jackson was first found in various shires throughout Britain including Cambridgeshire which listed two families in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273: Robert filius Jake; and Henricus filius Jake. By the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379, the name had evolved to spellings that are closer to the ones used today: Johannes Jakson; Willelmus Jacson; Robertus Jackeson; and Willelmus Jakeson. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

The name Jackson, appeared in many references, and from time to time, the surname was spelt Jackson, Jaccson, Jacson, Jacksone, Jackston and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jackson research. Another 249 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1666, 1586, 1662, 1767, 1845, 1700, 1717, 1769, 1845, 1639, 1645, 1639 and 1641 are included under the topic Early Jackson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name during their early history was Sir Anthony Jackson (1599-1666) was an English lawyer, soldier,knighted by Charles II, but later imprisoned in the Tower of London for over a decade; Henry Jackson (1586-1662), an English clergyman and literary editor; General Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), the 7th President of...

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Some of the Jackson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 135 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The New World beckoned as many of the settlers in Ireland, known as the Scotch/Irish, became disenchanted. They sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlanti c. Some called them, less romantically, the "coffin ships." Amongst the early settlers who could be considered kinsmen of the Jackson family, or who bore a variation of the surname Jackson were

Jackson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Barnard Jackson, who arrived in Virginia in 1623
  • John, Margaret, Robert and Henry Jackson, who all settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Launcelot Jackson, aged 18, landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Edmund Jackson, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1636
  • William Jackson, who landed in Maryland in 1636
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Jackson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Rowland Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Anthony Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Deborah Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Esther Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Anne Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1705
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Jackson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Montague Jackson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807
  • Luke Jackson, who arrived in America in 1811
  • Martin Jackson, aged 22, landed in New York in 1812
  • Matthias Jackson, aged 28, arrived in New York in 1812-1813
  • Humphrey Jackson, aged 28, arrived in Louisiana in 1812
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Jackson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ernest Jackson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1913
  • Irvin Jackson, who landed in Alabama in 1915

Jackson Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Wilson Jackson, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Hanah Jackson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Eleanor Jackson, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774
  • Mr. Jackson U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 listed as being executed for murder in 1785 in Saint John
  • Mr. Benjamin Jackson U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 400 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York
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Jackson Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mathew Jackson, who landed in Canada in 1815
  • Adam Jackson, who sailed from Ireland to St. John's, Newfoundland on the brig Thomas Farrell in 1825
  • Isaac Jackson, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • Leslie Jackson, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Jackson, aged 36, a victualler, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
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Jackson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Jackson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Thomas Jackson, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Jackson, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Henry Jackson, a bookbinder, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • George Jackson, a sawyer, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
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Jackson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Jackson landed in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand in 1830
  • H Jackson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • James Jackson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • John Jackson landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Jackson landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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  • John David Jackson (1925-2016), Canadian-born, American physics professor emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Anna Jane "Anne" Jackson (1925-2016), American Obie Award winning and Tony Award nominated actress of television, stage and screen
  • President Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), American politician, President of the United States (1829-37)
  • George Jackson (1936-2013), American rhythm & blues and soul singer and songwriter
  • William Jackson (1759-1828), American Secretary to the United States Constitutional Convention
  • Major-General Stonewall Jackson (1891-1943), American Commanding General 84th Division (1943)
  • Brigadier-General Harold Rufus Jackson (1894-1987), American Anti-Aircraft Officer, US European Theater of Operations (1944-1945)
  • Janet Damita Jo Jackson (b. 1966), American recording artist and actress
  • Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009), American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist
  • Samuel L. Jackson (b. 1948), BAFTA Award-winning American film and television actor and film producer
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Jackson Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Charles E. Jackson, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Miss Patricia  Jackson (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Edward  Jackson Jr. (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Noble  Jackson (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Eliza  Jackson (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Jackson (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
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HMS Hood

  • Mr. George S Jackson (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Gosport, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. William Jackson, British Petty Officer, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Henry Jackson, British Gun Commander, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. James Jackson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Ernest Valentine Jackson, British Able Seaman, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Leslie James Jackson, British Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Peter J Jackson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Edwin Jackson, British Warrant Shipwright, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Isaac Jackson, American 2nd Class passenger from Patterson, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Percy Thornton Jackson, American 2nd Class passenger from Buffalo, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Cecil Jackson (d. 1912), aged 29, English Boots from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Jacksons of Perry or Those Descendants and Ascendants of James Jackson born 1796 by Daniel L. Jackson.
  • Nicholas Jackson of Rowley, Massachusetts, and his Descendants, 1635-1976 by Blake Smith Jackson.
  • Pioneers West of Appalachia by Jane Parker McManus.
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Citations



  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  7. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  8. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Jackson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jackson Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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