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Jack Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Jak Jakke Jagge Jake Jeke Jegge a Picard-Flemish denasalized form of Old Picard and Middle Dutch Janke a pet form of Jan (see John ). It was introduced by Flemings and Picards into Norman and Anglo-Norman usage whence it became a common English and Scottish pet form of John. Although the surname is mainly Scottish in distribution it also occurs in England though the more common form there is Jackson . English: occasionally perhaps from a Middle English borrowing of the Old French personal name Jacque(s) (James). However it is uncertain whether English Jack was ever used as an alternative to James. Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Jack (see 1 above) as a surname. German (also Jäck): from a short form of the personal name Jacob . Americanized form of French Jacques Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Pack, Sack, Mack, Back, Tack, Beck, Hack, Bick, Jach, Jacek

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Where is the Jack family from?

You can see how Jack families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jack family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jack families were found in and Scotland in 1841. In 1840 there were 68 Jack families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Jack's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Jack families in 1840.
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What did your Jack ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Jack. 17% of Jack men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Jack women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jack were Farm Laborer and Housekeeper. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 43,000 immigration records available for the last name Jack. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 26,000 military records available for the last name Jack. For the veterans among your Jack ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Jack lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Jack life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jack in 1946 was 45, and 71 in 2004.

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