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What does Jim mean?

Jim Pronunciation of Jim as a boys' name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jim is "he who supplants". Short form of James. Also used as an independent name. Actors Jim Broadbent, Jim Carrey. Also form of Jacob.


ASSOCIATED WITH supplants (victory)


VARIANTS Jimi, Jimmee, Jimmey, Jimmie, Jimmy, Jimson


RELATIONS VIA JAMES Jago, Jagu, Jaime, Jaimey, Jaimie, Jame, Jamey, Jamie, Jayme, Jem, Jemmy, Jimbo



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How popular is Jim?

Jim is a very prominent first name for males (#153 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#9032 out of 150436, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Jim entered the list in 1880-1889 and reached its apex rank of #51 in the U.S. then, but is not found in the list at the moment. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Jim are James (#4 IN RECENT RANKINGS), Jacob (#13), Jaime (#512), Jimmy (#653), Jamie (#722), Jaimie, Jame, Jamey, Jayme, Jimi, Jimmey and Jimmie. Other variants, like Jem, are seldom used. These forms of Jim were popular as birth names 78 years ago (AVERAGE #965) and have become much less common since (#1377, 76%), with forms like James becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jim, Jacob, Jaime, Jaimie, Jame in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of James, Jamey, Jamie, Jayme, Jimi in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar-sounding names are Kim, Sim, Tim and Wim. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jim.

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