Jack: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jack


Pronunciation: JAK (key)

Origin of the name Jack:

Originally a pet form of John (God is gracious) and Jackson (son of Jack), Jack is now often be-stowed as an independent given name. Pet: Jackie, Jacky.

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Comments and insights on the name Jack: | Edit

People always comment on my 4 year old Jack and his name. They think it sounds strong, successful, and attractive. I was given examples of Jack Kennedy, Jack Nicholson, (Pirates of Carribean-Jack, Jack from the TV show 24, Jack Abbott from TYoung&Restless). Most of my family and friends think it sounds cute for a young boy, high school star, college graduate, Professional later in life, and just as dominant as a Grandparent. As far as he as a child, his kiddo friends call him Jacky when they're outside playing..I call him everything--JackyLegs(from Kangaroo Jack), and every season has a nickname--JackRabbit at Easter, Jack Frost, Jack-0-Lantern...then of course, all his books....Jack&Jill, Jack and the Beanstalk, and the list goes on. So, all through life, it never sounds awkward--just strong, a leader, and ooozes attractive. ; )

My dad's name was Jack for most of his life until he changed it. There is a quality to the name that, even though it is strong and powerful, it also has a long history of mischeviousness and trickery to it. Some Jacks I have known have walked just this side of the line of lawfulness--like the name "Nick," it has a devilish quality that resounds in myth and fairy tale. My dad struggled for years in his business as Jack, but only gained long term success when he changed his name to John.

As a class teacher in the UK myself and other teacher friends have often commented how nearly allthe Jacks we have taught have behaviour issues. Strange twist of fate?

The name Jack is #10 on the list of top 100 cool baby boy names in the baby name book "Cool Names" by Pamela Redmond Satran and Linda Rosenkrantz.

My nephew's name is Jack Liam. Even though he is a bit of a devilchild, I still love this name.

I adore the name Jack, but it is just way too popular. I didn't want my son starting school and being in a class with seven other Jacks.

The guy I like a lot is named Jack. I like his name as his name defines him as strong, a leader, attractive, tall, handsome and basically a great guy. I love saying his name...Jack

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my son Jack is such a "Jack" He's rough and tumblesome. He's funny and mischievious. He's just an all-around guy and "all boy" He suits his name and I am proud of it.

I have a 5.5 year old Jack. Love the name! Strong, simple, yet cool. I call him Jack Jack or Jack A Roni. Fun name for a fun kid.

I know boys named Jack Henry...they go by both names.

My nineteen-year-old stepson is named Jack Francis. He likes his name, and it suits him...creative, classy, smart, and sometimes a bit of a wild child. (:

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Meanings and history of the name Jack: | Edit

everyone forgot Jack Skellington from tim burtons nightmare before christmas

Jack is short for John. The nickname became so popularized it became a name in its own right.

Famous real-life people named Jack: | Edit

Jack "@ThatS0Jack"- American internet personality
Jack Barakat, most beautiful member of band "All Time Low"
Jack Paar, American comedian, host of "The Tonight Show" before Johnny Carson
Jack Nicholson, American movie actor
John "Jack" Fitzgerald Kennedy, former U.S. President
Jack Kirby, comic book artist (co-creator of Capt. America, the Fantastic Four)
Jack Johnson, singer
Jack Paris Brinkley Cook, son of Christy Brinkley and former husband Richard Taubman
Jack Montgomery McDermott, son of Dean McDermott and former wife Mary Jo Eustace
Jack Black, American actor
Jack Fowler, sexy guitarist for "Sleeping With Sirens" an American post-hardcore band

Jack William Jones, one-fifth of the Jones quintuplets made famous on the TLC reality television show, Quints By Surprise. Parents are Ethan and Casey Jones. Older sister, Eliot McKenna. The rest of the quints are Brooklyn Faith, Britton Grace, Lila Addison and Ryan Elizabeth.

Jack in song, story & screen: | Edit

Captain Jack Sparrow, character in Disney's "Pirates of the Carribean" movies
Captain Jack Harkness, character in the BBC's "Doctor Who" and its spinoff "Torchwood"
"Captain Jack," song by Billy Joel
"Jack Straw," song by Grateful Dead
Jack the Ripper, serial killer in 19th century London, subject of many films, books, TV documentaries, and plays
Jack Dawson, male lead played by Leonardo DiCaprio in the film "Titanic"
"Jack and Jill," "Jack Sprat," Mother Goose rhymes
Jack Burnett, the cousin and best friend of Aaron Burnett, character in the book series "The Medallion of Franzek" by the Argentine writer Canela Lopez Fassón
Jack Dawkins, aka the Artful Dodger in Dickens' "Oliver Twist"
Jack Bauer, main character on "24," played by Kiefer Sutherland
Jack Shephard, main character on "Lost," played by Matthew Fox
"Little Jack Horner," nursery rhyme
Jack and the Beanstalk," fairy tale
"Jack be Nimble," nursery rhyme
Jack McFarland, from the TV show "Will & Grace"
Jack Twist, Gay characters from the film "Brokeback Mountain" and the book series "House of Night"
Jack Sawyer, from the book "The Talisman" by Stephen King
Jack Bristow, from the TV show "Alias"
Jack Skellington from "The Nightmare before Christmas"
Jack O'Neill from "Stargate: SG-1," played by Richard Dean Anderson
Jack Abbott, character on "Young and the Restless"
Jack Jackson, hero from the novel "Pillars of the Earth" by Ken Follett
Jack, a feline character from Oggy and Cockroaches who is Oggy's short-tempered, violent & arrogant cousin.
Jack (Jackson) Swift, warrior and main character of "Warrior Heir" by Cinda Williams Chima
Jack Hotchner, the son of Aaron 'Hotch' Hotchner on "Criminal Minds"
Jack Hodgins, a character on the hit FOX TV show "Bones"
Jack Reacher, protagonist in all Lee Child novels
Special Agent Jack (Jackson) Hudson, F.B.I. agent / unit leader from the TV series "Sue Thomas F.B.Eye"
Jack Tripper- character played by John Ripper on "Three's Company"
Jack, A robot character from Tekken games

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