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Meaning and Origin of: Jefferson

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old French : Peaceful

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : patronymic from Jeffrey.
  • The third U.S. president, author of the Declaration of Independence, and VA statesman Thomas Jefferson relates in his memoirs a family tradition that he was descended from Welsh stock on his father’s side, while noting the relative infrequency of the name Jefferson in Wales. It is a characteristically northern English name. A Jefferson was among the burgesses who attended the first representative assembly at Jamestown, VA, in 1619.

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