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Surnames, their origin and their meaning

Many surnames are associated with the place/locality of where the family lived and in those cases the location is noted as the meaning.
Many surnames are associated with the occupation of the person given the name. is a directory of Professional Genealogists, Ancestry and Family Tree Researchers.

Surname Origin Meaning
Jack Surname John
Jackson Surname The son of Jack or John
Jacob Hebrew Hebrew He that supplants
Jacobson Surname son of Jacob
Jaeger Germany German Hunter
Jahnke Germany German little John
James Hebrew Hebrew Jacob
Jameson Surname son of James
Jamieson Scotland Scottish son of James
Janes Surname son of Jane
Janeway Surname A Genoese
Jason Greek Greek Healing
Jeffers Surname Geoffrey or Godfrey
Jeffrey Surname Geoffrey or Godfrey
Jemse Locality Locality A town in Sweden
Jenkins Surname son of John
Jenkinson Surname son of Jenkins
Jenks Surname son of John
Jenner Surname An old form for Joiner
Jennings Surname son of John
Jerome Surname Jeremiah
Jessup Italy Italian Giuseppe
Jetter France French to overthrow
Jew Hebrew Hebrew Judah
Jewell Surname a jewel, a precious stone
Jewett Surname son of a Jew
Jimenez Spain Spanish son of Jimeno
Job Hebrew Hebrew Sorrowful; patient
Jobson Surname son of Job
John Hebrew Hebrew Gracious; God's grace
Johnson Surname son of John
Johnston Scotland Scottish place in Annandale, in Dumfriesshire
Jollie France French-Saxon Full of life and mirth
Jonadab Hebrew Hebrew Liberal, one who acts a prince
Jonah Hebrew Hebrew A dove
Jonas Hebrew Hebrew A dove
Jonathan Hebrew Hebrew The gift of the Lord
Jones Hebrew Hebrew son of John
Jordan Hebrew Hebrew The river of judgment
Jorden Hebrew Hebrew The river of judgment
Joseph Hebrew Hebrew Increase, addition
Joslin Locality Locality Jocelin, a town in France
Josselyn Locality Locality Jocelin, a town in France
Joy Surname Gladness, exhilaration of spirits
Joyce Surname Joyous
Judd Hebrew Hebrew Juda, praise, confession, and signifies the confessor of God
Judson Surname son of Judd
Juengling Germany German youth
Jung Germany German Young

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