What does James mean?
James [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.
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▲
SEE ALSO ShamusCREATIVE FORMS
(male) Janmes, Jemes, ..
(female) Jamesi, Janes, .. MIDDLE NAME PAIRINGS
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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 #7 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Jacob (#4 A YEAR AGO), Jack (#40), Diego (#124), Santiago (#127), Jameson (#144), Jake (#205), Jay (#394), Jamison (#447), Jaime (#485), Jakob (#523), Jimmy (#575), Jamie (#821), Seamus (#948), Jakub (#1690), Jacques (#1713), Jimmey, Jimi, Jimmie, Jaimie, Shamus, Jacky, Jim, Jaymes, Hamish, Diogo, Jame, Jamey, Jakie, Jayme, Jakeb and Jeb are the prominent alternative forms of James (#7) 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 (#1257, 58.7% LESS USAGE), with versions such as Jamey becoming somewhat outmoded. Jameson, Santiago, Jamison and Seamus are four of the more fashionable boy names in this compilation.
Similar NamesSuggested similar 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.See names in meaning and etymology.