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What does James mean?

James Pronunciation of James as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH supplants (victory), greek, old, king, 16th century, 17th century, famous, fictional (literary)


VARIANTS 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, Seamus


RELATIONS VIA JACOB, JIMMY, SANTIAGO Jaap, Jack, Jacko, Jacky, Jaco, Jake, Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob, Jakov, Jakub, Jamesie, Jamsey, Jay, Jeb, Jimi, Jimmee, Jimmey, Kapel, Shamus

FEMININE FORMS Jacqueline, Jaime, Jamesina, Jamie

(male) Jemes, ..

(female) Janes, ..

James Eddy (J.E.), ..

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. DEMOGRAPHICS)

James reached its apex position of #1 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is at #4 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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?

Jacob (#13 A YEAR AGO), Jack (#28), Santiago (#81), Jameson (#91), Diego (#134), Jake (#262), Jay (#399), Jamison (#447), Jaime (#512), Jimmy (#653), Jakob (#701), Jamie (#722), Seamus (#1106), Jacques (#1896), Jacky, Jim, Jaimie, Hamish, Jakeb, Jimmie, Jimmey, Jimi, Jeb, Diogo, Jaymes, Jayme, Jakie, Jakub, Jame, Jamey and Shamus are the prominent alternative forms of James (#4) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of James was widespread among parents 8 decades ago (MEDIAN #1278) and is now much diminished (#1282, 59.2% LESS USAGE), with versions such as Jay becoming somewhat outmoded. Jameson, Santiago and Jamison are three of the more fashionable boy names in this compilation.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of James, Diego, Diogo, Jack, Jacky in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jacob, Jacques, Jaime, Jaimie, Jake in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob, Jakub, Jame in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jameson, Jamey, Jamie, Jamison, Jay in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jayme, Jaymes, Jeb, Jim, Jimi in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of James, Hamish, Jack, Jacob, Jake outside U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jakob, Jakub, Jamie, Jay, Jimmy, Seamus outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Aimes, Ames, Aymes, Dawes, Eames, Ermes, Fares, Hawes, Hayes, Jabes, Jabesh, Jabez, Jace, Jacen, Jacey, Jade, Jaden, Jader, Jae, Jael, Jalen, Jamael, Jamal, Jamar, Jamee, Jameel, Jamel, Jamell, Jamiel, Jamil, Jamin, Jamon, 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.

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