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The JACKSON surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 666,125 18 0.247 2,469
United States (1880 census) 148,337 13 0.297 2,967
Change since 1880 +517788 -5 -0.05 -498
Other Countries
Australia 20,014 42 0.122 1,224
United Kingdom 104,168 26 0.227 2,268
Top States for JACKSON by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 59,111 22 0.283 2,835
California 43,236 42 0.128 1,276
Georgia 40,637 7 0.496 4,964
Florida 40,525 21 0.254 2,536
Illinois 30,427 11 0.245 2,450
Top States for JACKSON by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Washington DC 3,682 6 0.644 6,436
Alabama 26,724 7 0.601 6,009
Louisiana 25,341 7 0.567 5,670
Mississippi 15,944 8 0.560 5,605
Georgia 40,637 7 0.496 4,964


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called JACKSON live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called JACKSON represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called JACKSON in Texas than any other state, but you are more likely to find a JACKSON by picking someone at random in Washington DC than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of JACKSON

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: From name of parent

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the JACKSON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the JACKSON surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of JACKSON in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 353,179 53.02
White (Caucasian) 279,306 41.93
Mixed Race 14,522 2.18
White (Hispanic) 10,192 1.53
Native American/Alaskan 6,928 1.04
Asian/Pacific 2,065 0.31

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the JACKSON surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of JACKSON in historical publications

JACKSON. The son of John, or more proijerly of James (Jacques). See Jack. The Loud. Direct, has nearly 200 traders of this name,

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to JACKSON

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as JACKSON.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for JACKSON

The following words are slight variants of JACKSON that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.