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What does Jefferson mean?

Jefferson /jef-fer-son/ 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.

Affiliated boy name: Jeffrey.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jeffersus, Jeffervan, ..

(female) Jefferan, Jefferjoan, ..

How popular is Jefferson?

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name history of Jefferson for boys. Jefferson reached its highest rank of #288 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is at #609 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 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 history of Jefferson and associated names. Popular variation forms of Jefferson (#609 the previous year) listed in the Top 2000 are Jeff (#1598 the previous year), Jeffie and Jeffrey (#266). These forms of Jefferson were favored by parents 5 decades ago (average #654) and have become much less conventional since (#1118, down 95%), with versions like Jeffrey becoming less fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jefferson, Jeff, Jeffie, Jeffrey in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Jefferson is pronounced similarly to Jepherson. Other recommended names are Anderson, Bergeron, Emerson, Gerson, Henderson, Jameson, Jamieson, Jefery, Jefferey, Jefferies, Jeffery, Jefford, Jeffree, Jeffrie, Jeffries, Jeffry, Jenson, Jensson, Jeoffroi, Jeoffroy, Jephers, Jeron, Jerron, Joffroy, Leeron, Oeberon, Paterson, Patterson, Pearson, Person, Peterson, Pierson, Saffron and Sanderson. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jefferson.