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Jepson comes from an English surname meaning Geoffreys Son. Geoffrey is a combination of three names: Gaufrid, Walahfried, and Gisfrid, meaning Territory Peace, Stranger Peace, and Pledge Peace, based on gawia (territory), walah (stranger), gisel (pledge), and fried (peace). It was also influenced by the name Godfrey (Gods Peace).
Originally, Jepson would have been bestowed upon sons as either a first or a middle name in order to honor the Jepson surname. For example, a woman named Mary Jepson who married a man named John Smith, may name her son John Jepson Smith, or merely Jepson Smith. Or a man wishing to honor Judge Thomas Murphy may name his son Thomas Jepson Johnson, or Jepson Johnson.
It is rare.
Please see Geoffrey for more information.
Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
less than 0.004 % of males named Jepson
Popularity of Jepson:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
The Penguin Dictionary of First Names, Pickering, 1999
The Wordsworth Dictionary of First Names, Mcleod and Freedman, 1995
A Dictionary of English Surnames, Reaney and Wilson, 1990
The Social Security Administration Actuarial Note 139 (www.ssa.gov) - For popularity stats 1880-Present
The 1880 U.S. Census- For popularity stats 1850-1880, and other information (it is available on-line at www.familysearch.org)
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