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Meaning and name origin
James \j(a)-mes\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name James), is pronounced jayms. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of James is "he who supplants". 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 variant forms: Diego, Diogo, Giacomo, Hamish, Iago, Jacob, Jacques, Jago, Jagu, Jaime, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jamey, Jame, Jameson, Jamie, Jamison, Jascha, Jayme, Jaymes, Jaymie, Jem, Jemmy, Jim, Jimbo, Jimmie, Jimmy and Seamus.
For more information, see also the related boy name Shamus.
James is a very popular first name for males (#1 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#71 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name James for boys (2015 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name James and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Diego, Hamish, Jacob, Jacques, Jaime, Jame, James, Jameson, Jamey, Jamie, Jamison, Jayme, Jim, Jimmie, Jimmy, Santiago, Seamus and Shamus. (2015 statistics).
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