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From Jeffrey +‎ -son. The placenames in the United States are named for Thomas Jefferson.


  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈd͡ʒɛfɚsən/
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Jefferson (countable and uncountable, plural Jeffersons)

  1. (countable) An English surname originating as a patronymic; (US politics) used specifically of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), the third president of the United States, principal author of the US Declaration of Independence (1776), and one of the most influential founders of the United States.
    • 2019 November 28, John S. Gardner, “American Dialogue review: elegant history meets the Trump era”, in The Guardian:
      Ellis starts with Jefferson and race, writing that the Virginian, who began his career with a failed attempt to make emancipation easier, was “thoroughly embedded in the twin American dilemmas of slavery and racism […]”.
    • 2011 October 28, Alonzo L. Hamby, “Would Jefferson Make the Cut?”, in The New York Times:
      Clearly quite a number of past chief executives would have been TV washouts. Jefferson, for example, is acknowledged to have been a terrible public speaker, Madison an unimpressive little man in voice and appearance.
  2. (countable) A male given name transferred from the surname.
  3. A place in the United States:
    1. An unincorporated community in Marengo County, Alabama.
    2. An unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Arkansas.
    3. An unincorporated community in Park County, Colorado.
    4. A city, the county seat of Jackson County, Georgia.
    5. An unincorporated community in Washington Township, Clinton County, Indiana.
    6. A city, the county seat of Greene County, Iowa.
    7. An unincorporated community in Montgomery County, Kansas.
    8. A census-designated place in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
    9. A town in Lincoln County, Maine.
    10. A census-designated place in Frederick County, Maryland.
    11. A village in Holden, Worcester County, Massachusetts.
    12. An unincorporated community in Jefferson Township, Houston County, Minnesota.
    13. A town in Coos County, New Hampshire.
    14. A town and census-designated place therein, in Schoharie County, New York.
    15. A town, the county seat of Ashe County, North Carolina.
    16. A village, the county seat of Ashtabula County, Ohio.
    17. A small town in Grant County, Oklahoma.
    18. A city in Marion County, Oregon.
    19. A borough in Greene County, Pennsylvania.
    20. A borough in York County, Pennsylvania.
    21. A town in Chesterfield County, South Carolina.
    22. A minor city in Union County, South Dakota.
    23. A city, the county seat of Marion County, Texas.
    24. A census-designated place in Kanawha County, West Virginia.
    25. A town in Green County, Wisconsin.
    26. A city, the county seat of Jefferson County, Wisconsin.
    27. A town in Jefferson County, Wisconsin, the city is partially within it.
    28. A town in Monroe County, Wisconsin.
    29. A town in Vernon County, Wisconsin.
    30. A number of townships in the United States, listed under Jefferson Township.
    31. Ellipsis of Jefferson Parish.
    32. Ellipsis of Jefferson County.
    33. Ellipsis of Jefferson City.
  4. A community in Cardston County, Alberta, Canada.

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  • According to the 2010 United States Census, Jefferson is the 615th most common surname in the United States, belonging to 55,179 individuals. Jefferson is most common among Black (74.2%) individuals.


Jefferson (plural Jeffersons)

  1. (slang, US) A two-dollar bill.
    • 1996, J. Madison Davis, And the Angels Sing, page 210:
      "Gambling's not my form of masochism," said Carl. "Huh?" "So how much?" "The wad's mostly ones. Some Jeffersons. Two or three Abes."

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From English Jefferson.


  • Hyphenation: Jef‧fer‧son
  • IPA(key): /ˈdjepeɾson/, [ˈdje.peɾ.son]

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  1. a male given name from English [in turn transferred from the surname]