Jackson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Jackson family

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]

Early History of the Jackson family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Jackson research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1599, 1666, 1586, 1662, 1767, 1845, 1700, 1717, 1769, 1845, 1639, 1645, 1639, 1641 and are included under the topic Early Jackson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jackson Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Jackson family (pre 1700)

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 the United States; John Jackson (fl.1700-1717), the first chaplain to the garrison at St John's, Newfoundland, and is credited with building the first Anglican church in Newfoundland; and John...
Another 80 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Jackson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Jackson World Ranking

In the United States, the name Jackson is the 13rd most popular surname with an estimated 770,970 people with that name. [3] However, in Canada, the name Jackson is ranked the 67th most popular surname with an estimated 34,130 people with that name. [4] And in Newfoundland, Canada, the name Jackson is the 513rd popular surname with an estimated 90 people with that name. [5] Australia ranks Jackson as 45th with 41,631 people. [6] New Zealand ranks Jackson as 37th with 5,550 people. [7] The United Kingdom ranks Jackson as 26th with 114,155 people. [8] South Africa ranks Jackson as 511st with 14,105 people. [9]

Ireland Migration of the Jackson family to Ireland

Some of the Jackson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Jackson migration to the United States +

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 Atlantic. 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 [10]
  • John, Margaret, Robert and Henry Jackson, who all, who settled in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635
  • Launcelot Jackson, aged 18, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [10]
  • Mr. Henry Jackson, (b. 1606), aged 29, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Elizabeth and Anne" arriving in Massachusetts Bay (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire) in 1635 [11]
  • Mr. John Jackson, (b. 1608), aged 27, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Elizabeth and Anne" arriving in Massachusetts Bay (Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire) in 1635 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jackson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Rowland Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [10]
  • Anthony Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [10]
  • Deborah Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [10]
  • Esther Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [10]
  • Anne Jackson, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jackson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Montague Jackson, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1807 [10]
  • Luke Jackson, who arrived in America in 1811 [10]
  • Martin Jackson, aged 22, who landed in New York in 1812 [10]
  • Matthias Jackson, aged 28, who arrived in New York in 1812-1813 [10]
  • Humphrey Jackson, aged 28, who arrived in Louisiana in 1812 [10]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Jackson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Mr. William Jackson, (b. 1881), aged 21, Cornish miner from Redruth, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Celtic" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 4th May 1902 en route to St Louis, Minnesota, USA [12]
  • Mr. Robert J. Jackson, (b. 1884), aged 19, Cornish cable operator travelling aboard the ship "St Paul" arriving at Ellis Island, New York on 26th April 1903 en route to Vancouver, British Columbia, USA [12]
  • Ernest Jackson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1913 [10]
  • Irvin Jackson, who landed in Alabama in 1915 [10]

Canada Jackson migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [13]
  • 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 [13]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • John Jackson, aged 36, a victualler, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Providence" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Jackson migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Jackson Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
  • Mrs. Sarah Jackson, (b. 1753), aged 45, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Britannia III" on 18th July 1798, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [14]
Jackson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Jackson, (b. 1765), aged 35, British Convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1840 [15]
  • Mr. John Jackson, (b. 1771), aged 29, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years for theft, transported aboard the "Earl Cornwallis" in August 1800, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, he died in 1840 [15]
  • Miss Frances Jackson, (b. 1775), aged 28, British Convict who was convicted in London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Experiment" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Mr. Ralph William Jackson, British Convict who was convicted in Surrey, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Coromandel" on 4th December 1803, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [16]
  • Mr. George Jackson, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Duke of Portland" in January 1807, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [17]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Jackson migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Jackson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • James Jackson, who landed in Queen Charlotte Sound, New Zealand in 1830
  • H Jackson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Cuba
  • James Jackson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Duke of Roxburgh
  • John Jackson, who landed in Wanganui, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Jackson, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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West Indies Jackson migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [18]
  • Mr. William Jackson, (b. 1560), aged 74, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [10]
Jackson Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Mr. Richard Jackson, (b. 1617), aged 17, British settler travelling from Gravesend, UK aboard the ship "Hopewell" arriving in Barbados on 17th February 1634 [10]
  • Mr. Charles Jackson, (b. 1617), aged 18, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Anne and Elizabeth" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [19]
  • Mr. James Jackson, (b. 1602), aged 33, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [19]
  • Mr. John Jackson, (b. 1611), aged 24, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Alexander" arriving in Barbados in 1635 [20]
  • Mr. William Jackson, (b. 1602), aged 33, British settler travelling aboard the ship "Expedition" arriving in Barbados in 1636 [21]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Jackson (post 1700) +

  • Michael Joseph Jackson (1958-2009), American recording artist, dancer, singer-songwriter, musician, and philanthropist [22]
  • Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson (1824-1863), Confederate general during the American Civil War
  • Paul Jackson (1947-2021), American jazz electric bassist and composer from Oakland, California, who played with Herbie Hancock and Santana
  • Calvin Jackson (1972-2021), American professional football player who was a defensive back for the Miami Dolphins in the National Football League (1994-1999)
  • Duff Clark "Duffy" Jackson (1953-2021), American jazz drummer, son of Chubby Jackson
  • Vincent Terrell Jackson (1983-8201), American professional football player who was a wide receiver for 12 seasons in the National Football League
  • Grant Dwight Jackson (1942-2021), American Major League Baseball pitcher and coach, who played from 1965 to 1982; he died on February 2, 2021 following complications from COVID-19
  • Eddie Lee Jackson (1949-2020), American politician, Member of the Illinois House of Representatives (2009-2017)
  • Harry R. Jackson Jr. (1953-2020), American Christian pastor, Pentecostal bishop
  • Tarvaris Jackson (1983-2020), American NFL football quarterback who played from 2006 to 2015
  • ... (Another 52 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Arrow Air Flight 1285
  • Mr. Adrian D Jackson (b. 1966), American Private from Los Angeles, California, USA who died in the crash [23]
Empress of Ireland
  • Mr. Charles E. Jackson, British Fireman from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking [24]
Grover Shoe factory
  • Mr. James Jackson, American employee of the Grover Shoe factory in Brockton, Massachusetts on 20th March 1905 when the boiler exploded and collapsed the wooden building; he died [25]
Halifax Explosion
  • Miss Patricia  Jackson (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [26]
  • Master Edward  Jackson Jr. (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [26]
  • Master Noble  Jackson (1909-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [26]
  • Mrs. Eliza  Jackson (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [26]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth  Jackson (1850-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [26]
  • ... (Another 15 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Cornwall
  • Bert Thomas Jackson (d. 1942), British Chief Engineer Room Artificer aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [27]
HMS Dorsetshire
  • William Hugh Jackson (d. 1945), British Able Seaman aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he died in the sinking [28]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. George S Jackson (b. 1921), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Gosport, Hampshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [29]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. William Jackson, British Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [30]
  • Mr. Leonard Henry Jackson, British Gun Commander, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [30]
  • Mr. James Jackson, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [30]
  • Mr. Ernest Valentine Jackson, British Able Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [30]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Leslie James Jackson, British Writer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [31]
  • Mr. Peter J Jackson, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [31]
  • Mr. John Edwin Jackson, British Warrant Shipwright, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [31]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert E. Jackson, British Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [32]
  • Thomas W.B. Jackson (1920-1939), British Telegraphist with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [32]
  • Lawrence Thomas Dalton Jackson (1915-1939), British Able Seaman with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [32]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Isaac Jackson, American 2nd Class passenger from Patterson, New Jersey, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [33]
  • Mr. Percy Thornton Jackson, American 2nd Class passenger from Buffalo, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [33]
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 [34]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. David Paul Jackson Jr., American Seaman First Class from Texas, 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 [35]
  • Mr. Robert Woods Jackson, American Yeoman Third Class from Iowa, 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 [35]


Suggested Readings for the name Jackson +

  • 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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