What does James mean?
From Late Latin Iacomus, a variant of Iacobus, Latin form of Greek Iakobos and New Testament Greek form of the Old Testament form Jacob (Hebrew Yaakov). Biblical: one of the 12 apostles of Jesus, who possibly was also a cousin of Jesus. The King James Bible is named in reference to James I of England (16th-17th century). See also Kimo and Santiago. A famous fictional character with this name is the British spy James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming. Writer James Joyce; actors James Mason, James Caviezel, James Gandolfini, Jimmy Stewart; entertainer Jimmy Durante; American Presidents Hames Buchanan, James Garfield, James Madison, James Polk, Jimmy Carter, James Monroe.
James has 28 variants: Diego▲, Diogo, Giacomo, Hamish, Iago, Jacob▲, Jacques▼, Jago, Jagu, Jaime▲, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jame, Jameson▲, Jamey▼, Jamie▼, Jamison▲, Jascha, Jayme, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jem, Jemmy, Jim▼, Jimbo, Jimmie▼, Jimmy▲ and Seamus.
Related boy name: Shamus.
James has 35 more relations via Jacob, Jimmy, Santiago: Iakob, Iakov, Jaap, Jack, Jackie▼, Jacko, Jackob, Jacky▼, Jaco, Jacobi, Jacobo, Jacobus, Jacoby▲, Jacopo, Jacquet, Jake▲, Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob▲, Jakobe, Jakov, Jakub, Jamesie, Jamsey, Jay▼, Jeb, Jimi, Jimmee, Jimmey, Kapel, Kobus, Shamus, Yakov, Yakup and Yaqub.more]
How popular is James?
James is a very prominent first name for males (#1 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#80 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of James for boys. James reached its apex position of #1 in the U.S. in the 1940s, and is at #9 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jacob (#4 2 years ago), Jack (#41), Santiago (#115), Diego (#129), Jameson (#159), Jake (#190), Jay (#372), Jamison (#440), Jakob (#458), Jaime (#468), Jimmy (#523), Jacoby (#593), Jamie (#786), Seamus (#900), Jimmie, Jim, Jayme, Jakub, Jackie, Hamish, Jacky, Jacques, Jame, Jakobe and Jamey are the prominent alternative forms of James (#9 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000. Adoption of these relations of James was widespread among parents during the years 1970-1979 (average #576) and is almost as conventional today (#622, 10.9% less), but with versions such as Jamie, Jacques, Jamey, Jacky and Jim becoming somewhat outmoded. James is more universally found than the rest, though Jacob is currently more regularly used. Below is a charted analysis of the usage of James and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)