Jacqueline: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jacqueline

Jacqueline

Pronunciation: JA-kə-lin, zhawk-LEEN (key)

Origin of the name Jacqueline:

Borrowed from the French, Jacqueline is a feminine form of Jacques, which is a variant of James and Jacob. Both of these names are derived from the Hebrew ya`aqob (supplanting, seizing by the heel).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Jacqueline: | Edit

As a Jacqueline myself, I really had to grow into my name. It didn't fit so well when I was child, but I began to like it more in high school and into college. It certainly is unique in this time period; there was only one other Jacqueline in my area throughout elementary school and high school. Plus, I am a writer and my full name, Jacqueline Renee, sounds sophisticated and intelligent.

Surprisingly, as a Jacqueline born during the JFK era, I only went to school with one other Jacqueline. (Funny thing was, we shared the same last name too.) Then I noticed more little girls named Jacqueline in the 1980's.
Of course, I went by Jackie; when I was in 1st grade, I really wanted to be a Kathy instead! Now I am grateful to have a name that is not so stuck in time--at least not in a specific generation.
If you look at the NameVoyager, Jacqueline is truly a modern, 20th-century classic.

Personal experiences with the name Jacqueline: | Edit

My soulmate Jacqueline is just the most loveable woman in the world and her namesake follows, friend, confidant,a little forgetful but redeems herself in many ways.

It can be a long name for a child to have to spell, which is why you need a nickname you can live with.
I personally prefer "Jacquie" to "Jackie", and wish that I had been taught the first spelling as a child.

As an adult, in situations with new people, my name is often pronounced "JACK-a-lyn", which is probably easier to say than "JA-kwel-lyn". However, I prefer keeping the "QU" in the pronunciation.

Nicknames for Jacqueline: | Edit

Jackie, Jacqui, Jacquie, Ellen, Kaylynn, Jack, Jax, Jackson

Meanings and history of the name Jacqueline: | Edit

Feminine form of James or Jacob, meaning "supplanter".

Famous real-life people named Jacqueline: | Edit

Jacqueline "Jackie" Evancho - American child opera singer
Jacqueline Kennedy - wife of 35th president of the United States
Jacqueline Emerson, American singer and actress
Jacqueline Whitmore - American etiquette expert
Jacqueline Davies, author of children's series "The Lemonade War"
Jacqueline Wilson, British children's author

Jacqueline in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Jacqueline," a song by Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand
Jacqueline "Jackie" Burkhart - Character from That 70's Show, played by Mila Kunis
"Jacqueline", a song by Bobby Helms, rock-a-billy singer, from his debut album "Fraulein" in 1957.

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