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What does James mean?

James Pronunciation of James [james] as a boys' name 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.

Associated with: supplants (victory), greek, old, king, 16th century, 17th century, famous, fictional (literary).


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.

20 more relations via Jacob, Jimmy, Santiago: Jaap, Jack, Jacko, Jacky, Jaco, Jake, Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob, Jakov, Jakub, Jamesie, Jamsey, Jay, Jeb, Jimi, Jimmee, Jimmey, Kapel and Shamus.

4 feminine forms: Jacqueline, Jaime, Jamesina and Jamie.

Creative forms:
(male) Janmes, Jemes, ..

(female) Janes, ..

Middle name pairings:
James Cairo (J.C.), ..

How popular is James?

James is a very prominent first name for men (#1 out of 1220, Top 1%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#80 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

James reached its peak position of #1 in the U.S. in the 1950s, and is currently at #7. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of James name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Jacob (#4 from current records), Diego (#124), Santiago (#127), Jameson (#144), Jamison (#447), Jaime (#485), Jimmy (#575), Jamie (#821), Seamus (#948), Jacques (#1713), Jimmie, Diogo, Jim, Jayme, Hamish, Jamey, Jaimie, Jame and Jaymes are the popular variation forms of James (#7 from current records) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these relations of James was widespread during 1940-1949 (median #1208) and has become significantly diminished since (#1169, down 64%), with forms like Jamey falling out of fashion. Jameson, Santiago, Jamison and Seamus are four of the more contemporarily stylish boy names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of James, Diego, Diogo, Jacob, Jacques in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jaime, Jaimie, Jame, Jameson, Jamey in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jamie, Jamison, Jayme, Jaymes, Jim in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jimmie, Jimmy, Santiago, Seamus in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of James, Hamish, Jacob, Jamie, Jimmy, Seamus outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aimes, Ames, Aymes, Dawes, Eames, Ermes, Fares, Hawes, Hayes, Jabes, Jabesh, Jabez, Jace, Jacen, Jacey, Jade, Jaden, Jader, Jae, Jael, Jake, Jakeb, Jalen, Jamael, Jamal, Jamar, Jamee, Jameel, Jamel, Jamell, Jamesie, Jamiel, Jamil, Jamin, Jamon, Jamsey, Janek, Janesh, Janos, Janus, Jaques, Jareb, Jared, Jarek, Jarel, Jaren, Jaris, Jase, Jasen, Jaxen, Jaye, Jiles, Jomei, Jones, Jules, Jyles, Mayes, Oakes, Oates, Ramses and Yates. These names tend to be less frequently used than James.