"son of Jeffrey"

Jefferson Origin and Meaning

The name Jefferson is a boy's name of English origin meaning "son of Jeffrey".

The name of the third U.S. President sounds, like Harrison and Jackson, more modern and stylish now than its root name. Used as a first name long before our surname-crazed era, Jefferson was most famously used as a first name by the President of the Confederacy, Jefferson Davis, which may justifiably make you not want to use it. Jefferson is the middle name of another Prez, William Clinton.

Fictional Jeffersons include Jefferson Bricks in Dickens's Martin Chuzzlewit and Jefferson Almond in Henry James' Washington Square, the title character in the Frank Capra classic film "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington," plus others--for better and for worse-- in "Married With Children," "The Dukes of Hazzard" and "Kit Kittridge: An American Girl."

Admittedly, nickname Jeff does sound a bit dated.

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Famous People Named Jefferson

  • Jefferson Finis DavisPresident of the Confederate States of America
  • Jefferson Beauregard "Jeff" Sessions IIIU.S. Senator; 84th Attorney General
  • Jefferson Bryan DavisAmerican actor/comedian
  • Jefferson Charles Rosemund Jr. aka Chuck NuttAmerican rapper
  • (Lewis) Jefferson MaysAmerican actor
  • Jefferson Texas "Tex" Hammond (b. 2007)son of actress Grey DeLisle and musician Murry Hammond
  • William Jefferson Clinton42nd President of the U.S.
  • Li Jefferson Claytondaughter of American journalist Laura Ling
  • Thomas Jefferson3rd President of the United States

Jefferson in Pop Culture

  • Jefferson AirplaneAmerican rock band
  • Jefferson D'ArcyMarcy's husband on TV's "Married...with Children"
  • Jefferson/The Mad Hattercharacter on TV's "Once Upon a Time"
  • Jefferson Howardcharacter from the “Spoon River Anthology”
  • Jefferson "Jake" Briggsmain character in film "She's Having a Baby"
  • Jefferson "Jax" Jackson aka Firestormcharacter on TV's "The Flash" and "Legends of Tomorrow"
  • Jefferson Smithcharacter in the webcomic "Riverside Extras" by Miri Chamberlain
  • Jefferson Davis Slatercharacter in Lois Lenski's "Strawberry Girl"