Meaning and name origin
Jimmy \j(im)-my\ as a boy's name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jimmy is "he who supplants". Jimmy is a variant of James (Hebrew): 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). Also a variant of Jim: short form of James (Hebrew) "he who supplants".
Jimmy is a very popular first name for males (#99 out of 1220, Top 8%) but an uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jimmy for boys. Jimmy reached its highest rank of #46 in the U.S. in 1940-1949. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jimmy and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are James (#9), Jimmy (#523), Jamie (#786), Jamey, Jimmie and Jim. (2014 statistics).