Meaning and Name Origin
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.
For more on this name, 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 (#460 out of 88799, 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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Below is a graphed comparison of the usage of Jefferson and associated names. Popular variation forms of Jefferson (#609 the previous year) are Jeff and Jeffrey (#266 the previous year). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 and have become much less widespread since, with the versions Jeff and Jefferson becoming less fashionable. Jeffrey (#266) is the most chic baby name among these. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)
Jefferson▼ is pronounced similarly to Jepherson. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jefferson.