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Where did the Scottish Jack family come from? What is the Scottish Jack family crest and coat of arms? When did the Jack family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Jack family history?

The Scottish surname Jack is generally understood to be derived from the given name John, which in turn came from the French name "Jacques," one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England and Scotland. "Jacques," is a form of the Latin name "Jacobus."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Jacke, Jack, Jacks and others.

First found in Renfrewshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Rinn Friù), a historic county of Scotland, today encompassing the Council Areas of Renfrew, East Renfrewshire, and Iverclyde, in the Strathclyde region of southwestern Scotland, where they held a family seat at Woodall between Langbank and the Port of Glasgow from ancient times. In earlier times they had been located at Kethek in Coupar Angus, and in 1473 William Jack was tenant of the mill in that village. A few years later, Gilbert Jak was listed as a resident of Vddynston in 1498.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jack research. Another 213 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1498, 1502, 1545, 1567, 1574, 1577, and 1580 are included under the topic Early Jack History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Jack Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Jack family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 263 words(19 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Jack Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John Jack who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Ezekiel Jack settled in Virginia in 1663
  • Polack Jack, who landed in Virginia in 1665

Jack Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Martin Jack, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Adam Jack, who landed in South Carolina in 1752
  • Morris and John Jack settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1763
  • Morris Jack, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1763
  • Isobel] Jack, aged 14, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1775


Jack Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • James Jack, who landed in America in 1802
  • Henry Jack, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1808
  • Robert Jack, who arrived in Long Island in 1815
  • John Jack, aged 26, arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Henry S Jack, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844


Jack Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William Jack settled in St. John's in 1796
  • Samuel Jack arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1799

Jack Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Jas Jack, who landed in Canada in 1820
  • Wm Jack, who arrived in Canada in 1820

Jack Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Jack, a weaver, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Margaret Jack arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Glenswilly" in 1839
  • Thomas Jack, aged 31, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Reliance"
  • John Jack, aged 35, a bootmaker, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Steadfast"
  • James Jack, aged 26, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Joseph Rowan"


Jack Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Thomas Jack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Margaret Jack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Martha Bell Jack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • John Jack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861
  • Jean Jack arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Jura" in 1861


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  • Jarrett Matthew Jack (b. 1983), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Robert "Bob" Jack (1876-1943), Scottish football player and manager
  • Ryan Jack (b. 1992), Scottish professional footballer
  • William Jack (1795-1822), Scottish botanist and surgeon employed by the East India Company
  • Mr. Andrew M.  Jack (1856-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries
  • Mrs. Sarah Jack (1879-1914), née Coutts Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Master David Jack (1912-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Kelvin Kyron Jack (b. 1976), Trinidadian football goalkeeper
  • John Michael Jack PC (b. 1946), English politician, Interim Chairman of the Office of Tax Simplification
  • Garry Jack (b. 1961), Australian former rugby league footballer and coach

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  • A Brief History of Our Cook Family and Our Sharp Family by Violet Sharp Cook.
  • John Jack of Cecil County, Maryland by A. Lucille Harney.
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The Jack Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Jack 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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