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Quick Facts on Jackson

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 16
Simple meaning:
Son of Jack (John)

Characteristics of Jackson

  • Independent
  • Individualistic
  • Ambitious
  • Strong-willed
  • Inventive
  • Successful

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jackson

Jackson is the transferred use of a patronymic surname (i.e., passed from the father). The name, quite obviously, means "son of Jack" with Jack being an English diminutive of John (others argue that Jack is a diminutive of Jacques which is the French form of Jacob). However, among English speakers, the nickname Jack has always been associated with John. John originated from the Hebrew "Yochanan" meaning “Yahweh is gracious” (see the name John for more detail). The surname first appeared in the 14th century in both England and Scotland and was variously recorded as Jackessone, Jacson, Jakson, Jagson and Jaxon. It is also one of the earliest surnames to appear in the New World (America) among colonizers of the early 17th century. Jankin and Jackin (eventually shortened to Jack) were common pet forms of John in medieval England; and, because John was such a common personal name, the surname Jackson became quite ubiquitous, as well. Jack also became a slang term for “man, male” in general (sort of like John Doe or Joe Blow). As a result, Jack was frequently used as the title boy character in fairy tales (Jack & Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk, Jack Sprat, Little Jack Horner, etc). As a masculine given name, Jackson has been in circulation among Americans for over a century, most likely in homage to the 7th U.S. President and war hero Andrew Jackson or in the South to recognize the Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson. Today Jackson is an extremely trendy name choice for baby boys. It currently ranks the highest in the United States, but comes in close 2nd place in Canada. Jackson is also appreciated down-under in Australia where he’s a Top 40 favorite.

Popularity of the Name Jackson

The popularity of the name Jackson really surged in the 1980s, although it's always maintained a place on the American male naming charts for over a century. The name seems to be climbing the charts in a consistent manner, and it just reached its highest point ever (#22) in 2012. More than 12,000 baby boys born in America are given the name Jackson on an annual basis right now in the United States. The name has a "coolness" factor despite its increased popularity and obvious trendiness, yet it somehow doesn’t feel overused. Mason and Logan are the only other surnames-turned-first-names enjoying more popularity than Jackson right now. Jackson has a strong and sharp sound, making it an appealing choice for many parents. Jack and Jacky are obvious pet forms. A great choice for a baby boy born to a father named John!
Popularity of the Boy Name Jackson
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jackson

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jackson

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jackson

    Jackson We cannot find any significant literary characters by the name of Jackson.

  • Popular Songs on Jackson

    Popular Songs on Jackson

    Halley Came To Jackson - by Mary Chapin Carpenter

    Jackson - a song by Johnny Cash (with June Carter)

    Jackson - a song by Kingston Trio

    Jackson - a song by Nancy Sinatra

    Jackson Cage - a song by Bruce Springsteen

    Jackson, Mississippi - a song by Kid Rock

    Jackson-Kent Blues - a song by Steve Miller

    Jacksons, Monk and Rowe - a song by Elvis Costello

    The Jackson Song - a song by Patti Smith

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jackson

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jackson

    Eye of the Stone (Tom Birdseye) - In the village of Bishop Mayne there is a magical Wishing Well. When he is pulled into another world called Timmra, Jackson finds he must fight the horrible monster Baen and unite two warring peoples, the Faron and the Yakonan. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Halibut Jackson (David Lucas) - A picture book about shyness from a new and truly innovative artist. Halibut Jackson is a very shy person. He would prefer not to be noticed at all. So he makes himself clothes to suit his surroundings. His library suit has a striped look to it to match the shelves. But when he is invited to a party at the Palace, he is flummoxed -- what does the palace look like inside? At last, having researched hard, and sewn quickly, Halibut is ready: only to discover that the party is not being held where he expected it to be, and his suit does not suit the occasion at all. But everyone admires it tremendously. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Jackson and the Big Blue Boots (Mary Jane Kooiman) - Most children often have one special "thing" that they really love. Jackson and the Big Blue Boots is a lively children's book about a sweet little boy who loves his big blue boots. He wears them everywhere until one day, he changes his mind. Readers will enjoy relating to Jackson's choices and to the surprise twist at the end. Rhythm and rhyme come alive on every page accompanied by lovely watercolor illustrations that will delight readers of all ages. It is a refreshing and happy story of self-discovery that is easy to read and fun to memorize. Join Jackson as he explores his carefree world and shows us that it is perfectly normal to be a bit obsessive! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jackson Pollock (Mike Venezia) - From the “Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists” series, this book provides an entertaining and humorous introduction to the famous artist, Jackson Pollock. Full-color reproductions of the actual paintings are enhanced by Venezia’s clever illustrations and story line. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Jackson's Blanket (Nancy Cote) - Jackson loves his blanket more than anything in the world. He brings it with him everywhere: to the beach, to the doctor, and even outside to play. He just can’t imagine life without it! But one day, when he finds a lonely little kitten in the snow, Jackson realizes that he just might be willing to give up his blanket because some things are worth sharing with someone you love. Nancy Cote’s adorable story of sacrifice and growing up will touch readers with its simple telling of an important lesson. Her vibrant illustrations will instantly hook young readers, and her lyrical rhymes are great for reading aloud. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Jackson's Plan (Linda Talley) - The Okefenokee Swamp is home to water lilies and alligators, cinnamon ferns and coachwhip snakes, swamp iris and purple gallinules. It is also home to a green treefrog named Jackson, who has learned that a new brochure is being prepared to draw tourists to the famed wildlife refuge and all its beautiful and beastly inhabitants. Jackson is determined that the diminutive treefrogs will not be left out, and he has a plan. Author Linda Talley's story tells a comic tale of perseverance in the face of obstacles. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jackson, Josie, & the (almost) Free Lunch (Andrea McAllister O'Connell) - Jackson has big ideas for a yummy lunch with his sister, Josie. . . but they soon find out that leaving the school was a bad idea! ''Creatively written, delightfully illustrated, a most enjoyable picture book for all ages. Important life learning lessons are subtlety presented in this book. Enjoy! Enjoy! Enjoy!''--Meredith Godfrey, Retired librarian and kindergarten teacher. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jackson

    Famous People Named Jackson

    Famous People Named Jackson - Jackson Pollock (artist); Jackson Browne (musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jackson

    Children of Famous People Named Jackson

    Famous People who Named their Son Jackson - Carson Daly (entertainer); Jay Mohr (comic/actor); Katey Sagal (actress); Maria Bello (actress); Patti Smith (musician); Soledad O'Brien (journalist); Spike Lee (director); Susanna Hoffs (musician); Charlize Theron (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Jackson - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jackson Pollack (28 Jan 1912 - 11 Aug 1956) - Jackson Pollack is a celebrated American artist most famous for his large canvas paintings - his "drip period" - from the late 1940's to early 1950's. He was a major figure in the "abstract expressionist" movement and the first American abstract painter to be taken seriously in Europe. His works are displayed in museums across America.

Personality of the Boy Name Jackson

The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged.  They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jackson

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