Last name origins & meanings:
- 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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