"son of Jack"

Jackson Origin and Meaning

The name Jackson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Jack".

Jackson is one of those names that's much more popular than you think, coming in near the top of our annual Playground Analysis, which ranks names by grouping all their spellings together. There were nearly 17,000 baby boys named Jackson -- along Jaxon, Jaxson, Jaxxon, Jaxen, Jaxyn, Jaxsen, and Jaxsyn -- which counted together makes it the Number 3 boys' name.

Jackson in this spelling is now slightly more popular than father name John, from which it's derived, though slightly less popular than Jack, which it's often shortened to.

With its gentleman cowboy feel, Jackson is now popular throughout the English-speaking world, though it fails to achieve the true international popularity of other top boys' names such as Lucas, Leo, and even Liam.

It's been chosen over the years by several celebrities for their sons, including Spike Lee, Poppy Montgomery, Carson Daly, Maria Bello, Natalie Maines, Scott Wolf, Maya Rudolph, Katey Sagal, and Charlize Theron, though its heyday as a celebrity baby name was at least a decade ago.

One of the most common surnames in America, it's got a presidential ring via Andrew Jackson and an artistic one through Abstract Expressionist painter Jackson Pollock.

# 28 in the US

Jackson Rank in US Top 1000

# 280 on Nameberry

Jackson Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jackson Popularity

Famous People Named Jackson

  • (Monroe) Jackson RathboneAmerican actor
  • (Clyde) Jackson BrowneAmerican singer,songwriter
  • (Paul) Jackson PollockAmerican painter
  • (Jackson) DeForest KelleyAmerican actor
  • Jackson Ryan HurstAmerican actor
  • Jackson Reid OdellAmerican actor
  • Jackson WangChinese rapper, dancer, and television personality; member of the South Korean boy band Got7
  • Jackson GuthyAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Jackson Frayn "Jack" HarriesEnglish actor & vlogger
  • Jackson Keith "Jamaal" WilkesAmerican basketball player
  • Jackson Nashson of musician Graham Nash
  • Jackson Smith (b. 1982)son of singers Patti Smith and Fred "Sonic" Smith
  • Jackson James White (b. 1996)son of actress Katey Sagal and Jack White
  • Jackson Lee (b. 1997)son of director Spike Lee
  • Jackson Scott "Jack" Willis (b. 1998)5th child of the family band The Willis Clan
  • Jackson Spiner (b. 2002)son of actor Brent Spiner
  • Jackson McCormack (b. 2003)son of singer Gina Jeffreys and Rod McCormack
  • Jackson Mohr (b. 2003)son of actor/comedian Jay Mohr
  • Jackson Ezekiel Bates (b. 2003)12th child (5th son) of reality TV's Bates family
  • Jackson Levi Duggar (b. 2004)15th child of reality TV's Duggar family
  • Jackson Koch (b. 2005)son of singer Kellie Coffey and Geoff Koch
  • Jackson Carpinello (b. 2005)son of actors Amy Acker and James Carpinello
  • Jackson "Sonny" Miller (b. 2006)son of actors Ben Miller and Belinda Stewart,Wilson
  • Jackson John Frieda (b. 2007)son of hairstylist John Frieda
  • Jackson Phillip Deveraux Montgomery Kaufman (b. 2007)son of actors Adam Kaufman and Poppy Montgomery
  • Jackson James Daly (b. 2009)son of TV host Carson Daly
  • Jackson Kayse Wolf (b. 2009)son of actor Scott Wolf and reality TV personality Kelley Limp
  • Jackson Robert Money (b. 2009)son of actress Emme Rylan and Don Money
  • Jackson Lloyd Packer (b. 2010)son of singer Erica Packer and mogul James Packer
  • Jackson Theron (b. 2011)son of actress Charlize Theron
  • Jackson Wright Henson (b. 2011)son of comedian John Henson
  • Jackson Anthony Bosh (b. 2012)son of basketball player Chris Bosh and Adrienne Williams
  • Jackson Jay "JJ" Croft (b. 2012)son of actors Jamie Croft and Saskia Burmeister
  • Jackson Dunkleman (b. 2013)son of TV host Brian Dunkleman
  • Jackson Clark Mecham (b. 2014)son of vloggers Ellie & Jared
  • Jackson Khai Nguyen (b. 2015)son of vloggers Khoa Nguyen and Keren Swanson
  • Jackson Kyle Roloff (b. 2017)son of reality TV's Zach and Tori Roloff
  • Andrew Jackson7th President of the U.S.
  • Stonewall JacksonAmerican Civil War general

Jackson in Pop Culture

  • Jackson "Jax" Tellermain character on TV's "Sons of Anarchy"
  • Jackson Stewartcharacter on TV's "Hannah Montana"
  • Jackson Mainemain character in 2018 film "A Star is Born"
  • Jackson Averysurgeon on TV's "Grey's Anatomy"
  • Jackson Gibbsfather of Leroy Gibbs on TV's "NCIS"
  • Jackson Haisleycharacter on TV's "The Agency"
  • Jackson Curtismain character in film "2012"
  • Jackson "Jack" Rippnervillain of "Red Eye," played by Cillian Murphy
  • Jackson "Jax" Briggscharacter in video game series "Mortal Kombat"
  • Jackson Kennercharacter on TV's "The Originals", husband of Hayley Marshall
  • Jackson Whittemorecharacter on TV's "Teen Wolf"
  • Jackson Meyermain character of the "Tempest" series by Julie Cross
  • Jackson Jekyllson of Dr. and Mrs. Jekyll in "Monster High" show and series
  • Jackson Ozmain character in TV show "Zoo"
  • Jackson Fullercharacter on Netflix,series "Fuller House"
  • "Miss Jackson" song by Panic! At The Disco
  • Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnsidecharacter in "Mame"
  • Percy Jackson and the Olympiansbook series by Rick Riordan
  • Jacksontown in Wyoming.

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