Show ContentsAaron History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Aaron is derived from a proud symbol of ancient Jewish culture. Before the late Middle Ages, people were known only by a single name. However, as the population increased and travelers set out on their journeys, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves.

Jewish hereditary surnames were adopted from a variety of different sources. Two of the most common types of Jewish family names are patronymic surnames, which are derived from the father's given name, and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the mother's given name.

The surname Aaron is a patronymic surname, which comes from the Hebrew given name Aharon, meaning lofty or exalted one. However, traditionally, this surname is believed to have derived from the Hebrew word har-on, which means mountain of strength.

Aaron Ranking

In the United States, the name Aaron is the 1,457th most popular surname with an estimated 19,896 people with that name. [1]

United States Aaron migration to the United States +

Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Aaron or a variant listed above:

Aaron Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Richard Aaron, who landed in Virginia in 1643 [2]
Aaron Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Aaron, who arrived in Virginia in 1703 [2]
Aaron Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Abraham Aaron, who landed in Mississippi in 1840 [2]
  • Henry Aaron, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [2]
  • Moses Aaron, aged 24, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1850 [2]
  • Joachim Aaron, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1851 [2]
  • S Aaron, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Aaron (post 1700) +

  • Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (1934-2021), American Major League Baseball player who had 755 career home runs and famously broke Ruth's longstanding home run record on April 8, 1974, inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Daniel Aaron (1912-2016), American writer and academic at Harvard University, awarded the National Humanities Medal
  • Hank Aaron (b. 1934), American baseball player
  • David L. Aaron (b. 1938), American government official
  • Charles Dettie Aaron (1866-1951), American gastroenterologist
  • Caroline Aaron (b. 1952), American actress
  • Carlton Aaron (b. 1979), American basketball player
  • Benjamin Aaron (1915-2007), American attorney, labor law scholar, and civil servant
  • Barney Aaron (1836-1907), American boxer
  • Irvin I. Aaron, American politician, Representative from Wisconsin 5th District, 1944 [3]
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

USS Arizona
  • Mr. Hubert Aaron, American Fireman Second Class from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [4]

Suggested Readings for the name Aaron +

  • Aarons of Crates, Pennsylvania, from 1820-1980 by Catherine and Paul B. Shannon. .

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, September 30) . Retrieved from
  4. Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from on Facebook