James Name Meaning & Origin


Pronunciation: JAYMZ (key)

Origin of the name James:

From the Ecclesiastic Late Latin Iacomus, an evolution of Iacobus which is from the Ecclesiastic Iakōbos, a cognate of the Hebrew Yaakov. The name has its root in ya`aqob (supplanting, seizing by the heel). Some say Iacomus arises from an error in the transcription of manuscripts from the Greek to the Latin by an early monk. Short: Jim. Pet: Jamie, Jimmy.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name James: | Edit

My first name is James, but always preferred to be called Jim. James reminds me of a butler or chauffeur.

Interestingly, James is the most popular given name amongst United States presidents: Six US presidents named James.
I think some credit can be given to the name itself: there is an immediate image of strength, quality, character and grace. Great name!

It's worth noting that when James is given as a middle name, a nickname may be created from the initials. BJ, TJ, JJ, AJ, RJ, CJ, DJ - I've heard all of these.

James sounds like a handsome, intelligent and soft-spoken name.

It's the perfect name for a man.

James and Semaj are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

Personal experiences with the name James: | Edit

My first and middle names are James Kenneth. My great grandfather used to call me Jake. Then I found out about another person also named James Kenneth who actually went by Jake. It's pretty cool that actually, the first 2 letters of James are JA, and the first 2 letters of Kenneth are KE. Put them together and you get JAKE.

My nephew Kieran's middle name is James after his great grandad who sadly died of a brain tumor 9 years before he was born. My nephew knows that he was named after his great grandad and is very proud of it!

My dad's name is James and so is his dad's name. My grandfather goes by "Big Jim" and my dad goes by "Jimmy"

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Meanings and history of the name James: | Edit

Of Hebrew origin, meaning "He who Supplants".

Famous real-life people named James: | Edit

James Horner - American film composer
James VI and I - King of Scotland, England, and Ireland; sponsor of the King James Bible
James Yammouni- Australian entertainer from The Janoskians
James David Rodriguez (Roday)- An American/Hispanic actor known for the television show "Psych."
Jim Parsons - American stage ("The Normal Heart", "Harvey") and television actor ("The Big Bang Theory")
St. James the Just, author of the Epistle of James in the New Testament, and the first bishop of Jerusalem
St. James, son of Zebedee, apostle, brother of John the Apostle, sometimes called "James the Great"
James Madison - 4th president of the United States
James Monroe - 5th President of the United States
James Knox Polk - 11th President of the United States
James Buchanan - 15th President of the United States
James Abram Garfield - 20th President of the United States
Jimmy Carter - 39th President of the United States
Jimmy Stewart - American actor, Christmas movie classic - "It's A Wonderful Life"
James Edward Franco - American actor
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce - Irish novelist and poet
James Oliver Rigney Jr., multi-genre author better known by his pen-name Robert Jordan
James Rallison, webcomic artist and YouTube personality (TheOdd1sOut)
James Byron Dean - American actor
James Joseph Brown - American singer
James Maslow - Actor/Singer (Big Time Rush)
Jim Henson - American puppeteer
James Hoke Dorough, son of Howie D., member of the Backstreet Boys
James Patterson - American author
James Mcvey- Guitarist in band the vamps
James Vernon Taylor - American singer
James Francis Cameron - Canadian film director
Jamie Kennedy - American actor and comedian
James Paul Marsden - American actor
Jimmy Fallon - American actor and comedian
James William Van Der Beek - American actor
James Corden - English actor and writer
James Andrew McAvoy - Scottish actor
James Morrison - English singer
James Martin Lafferty - American actor
James David Maslow - American actor and singer
James Trevor "Jamie" Oliver, MBE - British chef, restaurateur and media personality
James Cassells, Drummer for English rock/metal band Asking Alexandria
James Comey, former FBI director
James Hetfield- American singer from the band Metallica
James Lynch, guitarist of the band Dropkick Murphys
James Phelps - English Actor
James "Ryan" Haywood - Achievement Hunter
James William Middleton, brother of HRH Princess Kate
James, Viscount Severn, son of HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex & Sophie, Countess of Wessex
James Reimer, professional ice hockey goaltender (Florida Panthers)
James van Riemsdyk, professional ice hockey player (Toronto Maple Leafs)
James Neal, professional ice hockey player (Vegas Golden Knights)
James Beckett, film director, producer and long accessory, winner of GCSE MIA Northern Ireland Awards 2k16 (b. 2000)
James McAvoy, Scottish actor
James Monroe Hanson (b. 2008), son of Hanson band member Isaac Hanson
James Joseph Cavanagh (b. 2009), son of Canadian actor and director Tom Cavanagh
James Timothy Pudi (b. 2012), son of American actor and comedian Danny Pudi
James Gunn - American filmmaker
James J. Braddock - American boxer
James Cameron - Canadian filmmaker
Sir James Matthew "J.M." Barrie - Scottish writer, creator of Peter Pan
James Andrew Glennon (b. 2018), son of American reality television personality Amber Portwood, half-brother to Leah Leann

James in song, story & screen: | Edit

James Holloway, the name of a character in the popular Fictionpress series Blood, Stone, And Ice
James and the Giant Peach
James Bond
The King James Bible
James Fleamont Potter, husband of Lily Potter (née Evans) and father of Harry James Potter from J.K Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
James Sirius Potter (II), son of Harry James Potter and Ginevra "Ginny" Molly Potter (née Weasley) from J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter" series
Sweet Baby James - James Taylor
James "Sawyer" Ford, character on the TV series "Lost" played by Josh Holloway
James (Jamie) Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser, sexy hero of the Outlander books by Diana Gabaldon
James T. Kirk, Star Trek, captain of the U.S.S. Enterprise
James Hook, Captain of the Jolly Roger, in Peter Pan
James Buchanan Barnes, Bucky Barnes, Captain America's partner (Marvel comics character)
James "Jim" Hawkins, young hero of the book "Treasure Island" and the Disney movie "Treasure Planet"
James Sunderland, main character from survival-horror video game "Silent Hill 2"
James Diamond, 'Big Time Rush'
James Rassmussen, a character from the Night World series by L.J. Smith
James is the name of one of the Epistles of the New Testament
DS James Hathaway, character in "Inspector Lewis"
James Moriarty is the villain in the Sherlock Holmes stories. In the modern BBC adaptation, he goes by Jim.
James Choke/Adams, the main character from the CHERUB series by Robert Muchamore.
James "Jem" Carstairs in Cassandra Clare's "The Infernal Devices"
James "Jim" Linton from the Billabong series
James "Jem" Matthew Blythe from the Anne series by L. M. Montgomery
James: Team Rocket villain in kids' TV series Pokémon
James Howlett, the real name of Wolverine of the X-Men
James Hudson, Guardian in the Alpha Flight comics
James Bourne, Solo from the Marvel comics
James "Jamie" Madrox, the superhero Multiple Man from the X-Factor comics
James Proudstar-Warpath-A character in Marvel's X-Men
James "Jimmy" Kent, First Footman of Downton Abbey seasons 3-6 of Downton Abbey
James “Jimmy” Isaac Neutron from the Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius franchise
James P. Sullivan from Monsters Inc.

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