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Meaning and name origin

Jack \j(a)-ck\ as a boy's name is pronounced jak. It is of Old English origin. Name based on John (Hebrew) "God is gracious", or Jacques, the French form of Jacob (Hebrew) "he who supplants". The name has a rugged, down-to-earth aura. Jackie is used more for girls than for boys. Actors Jackie Gleason, Jack Nicholson, Jack Black; comedian Jack Benny; exercise guru Jack LaLanne.


Jack has 8 variant forms: Jackie, Jackman, Jacko, Jacky, Jacq, Jacqin, Jak and Jaq.

For more information, see also the related boy name Jackson.

There is 1 feminine form of Jack: Jaxine.


Jack is a very popular first name for males (#53 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1852 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jack for boys. Jack reached its highest rank of #17 in the U.S. in 1920-1929 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jack name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jack outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jack and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jacob (#4), Jackson (#17), John (#26), Jack (#41), Jacques, Jacky and Jackie. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jack, Jackie, Jackson, Jacky, Jacob, Jacques, John in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jack, Jackson, Jacky, Jacob, John outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jack is also pronounced similarly to Jake and Jock. Other suggested similar baby names are Dack, Jace, Jacey, Jaco, Jacy, Jago, Jagu, Jaice, Jase, Jax, Jayce, Jazz, Jocko, Mack and Zack. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jack.