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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jersey

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jer"sey
  1. The finest of wool separated from the rest; combed wool; also, fine yarn of wool.
  2. A kind of knitted jacket; hence, in general, a closefitting jacket or upper garment made of an elastic fabric (as stockinet).
  3. One of a breed of cattle in the Island of Jersey. Jerseys are noted for the richness of their milk.

Etymology: From Jersey, the largest of the Channel Islands

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A breed of diary cattle developed on the island of Jersey
  2. A slightly elastic machine-knit fabric
  3. A close-fitting pullover shirt
  4. The largest of the Channel Islands
  5. A Mid-Atlantic state on the Atlantic; one of the original 13 colonies

From Anglo-Norman Gersui, from Old Norse, compound of Geirs (“Geirr's”) and ey (“island”).

  1. The largest of the Channel Islands in the English Channel between France and England.
  2. A breed of dairy cattle from Jersey.
  3. (US, informal) New Jersey.
  4. A cow of the Jersey breed.

Jersey was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, Danish, French, Italian, Norwegian Bokmål, Norwegian Nynorsk, Portuguese, and Spanish

Notable Persons Named Jersey

Jersey Joe Walcott was a boxer. Jersey was born on January 31st, 1914 in Merchantville, New Jersey. He died on February 25th, 1994.


Jersey Budd is an alternative rock and indie rock singer-songwriter. He has been prominent since 2008.


Jersey Flegg was a rugby player. Jersey was born on April 6th, 1878 in Bolton. He left this life on August 23rd, 1960.


Jersey Bakley was a baseball player. Jersey was born on April 17th, 1864 in Blackwood, New Jersey. Jersey is also known as Bakley and Edward Enoch. He left this life on February 17th, 1915.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Jersey

Paul de Jersey is a 26th Governor of Queensland, and 17th Chief JusticeofQueensland. His military service ended in 1971. Paul was born on September 21st, 1948 in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.



The Earl of Jersey was an office holder. The was born on March 20th, 1845 in Berkeley Square, London. He died on May 31st, 1915.


Jack was born on July 18th, 1941. He left this life on May 26th, 1997.


Philip de Jersey is a in the fields of archaeology and numismatics. Philip was born in Guernsey.


Norman was born in 1866. He left this life in 1934.


How popular is the baby name Jersey in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1948 6 0 6
1952 5 0 5
1985 5 5 0
1992 7 0 7
1994 5 5 0
1995 10 5 5
1996 5 0 5
1998 12 6 6
1999 5 0 5
2000 15 6 9
2001 70 61 9
2002 124 110 14
2003 139 123 16
2004 182 163 19
2005 218 210 8
2006 239 225 14
2007 229 218 11
2008 228 222 6
2009 230 222 8
2010 241 231 10
2011 207 195 12
2012 142 134 8
2013 171 155 16
2014 147 137 10
2015 154 145 9
2016 143 133 10
2017 165 140 25

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jersey U.S.
  White 91.29% 64.26%
  African American 1.70% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.27% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.65% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jersey

People with the last name Jersey are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Jersey

  • How Popular is the name Jersey? Jersey is the 5,117th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jersey was the 41,234th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jersey have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,104 babies born with the first name Jersey in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jersey to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jersey? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1948 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Jersey first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jersey is Tuesday, March 16th, 1875.
  • What year had the most people named Jersey born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jersey was in 2010 with a total of 231 babies.
  • Random Jersey Factoid: According to the 2014 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jersey is not a popular baby girl's name in Iowa. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 2014.
  • Weird things about the name Jersey: Your name in reverse order is Yesrej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Esyjre. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jersey? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 528 people with the last name Jersey.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jersey? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jersey as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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