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What does Jefferson mean?

Jefferson \j(e)-ffer-son, jeff(e)-rson\ as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Jefferson is "son of Jeffrey". Surname. Jefferson Davis, born in 1808, was president of the Confederancy.


Jefferson has 5 variants: Jeff, Jeffers, Jeffersson, Jeffey and Jeffie.

For more information, see also the related boy name Jeffrey.


Jefferson is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#662 out of 1220, Top 54%) and an even more prominent last name for all people (#594 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Jefferson for boys. Jefferson reached its highest rank of #288 in the U.S. then, and is at #609 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jefferson name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jefferson outside U.S.

Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Jefferson and associated names. Popular variation forms of Jefferson (#609 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Jeff and Jeffrey (#266 the previous year). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.7953%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.375%, down 52.8%), with the versions Jeff and Jefferson becoming less fashionable. Jeffrey (#266) is the most chic baby name among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jeff, Jefferson, Jeffrey in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jeffrey outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jefferson is pronounced similarly to Jepherson. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jefferson.