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Gender: M Meaning of Jack: "God is gracious" Origin of Jack: English, diminutive of John Jack's Popularity in 2012: #46

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Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 name in England and is firmly in the Top 50 here, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996. Jack is a durable, cheery everyman form of John, and has been chosen for their sons by dozens of celebs, such as Matt Lauer, Luke Perry, Meg Ryan and Kirk Cameron.

How did John get to Jack? It went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to Jack.

Familiar to all from earliest childhood via Jack and Jill, Jack Sprat, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Jack Horner et al, the name was so common in the Middle Ages that Jack became a generic term for a man.

Jack is still a favorite for novel, TV and movie characters, including "24" 's Jack Bauer, "Lost" 's Jack Shepard and "30 Rock" 's Jack Donaghy. Dads especially seem to like Jack.

Internationally, in addition to Britain, Jack has been a top name in Scotland, Northern Ireland, Australia and New Zealand for well over a decade.

The jaunty Scottish version is Jock.

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Famous People Named Jack

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Jack Kerouac, American novelist
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Jack Nicholson, American actor
Jack White, American musician
Jack Black, American comedian and actor
Jack Hemingway, American writer
Jack Palance, American actor
Jack Wagner, American actor
Jack Nicklaus, American golfer
Jack Johnson, musician
Jack Bassam Barakat, guitarist for All Time Low
Jack Pratt, Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's son
John Christopher "Jack" Depp III, son of Johnny Depp
Jack Holden Marsden, son of actor James Marsden
Jack Gordon Cassidy, son of American actor Patrick Cassidy
Jack Morris, American baseball player
Jack Joseph Osbourne, American celebrity and son of Ozzy Osbourne
Jack Haydon Langer Courteney, son of American actress A.J. Langer
Jack Steinberger, physicist and Nobel prize winner
Jack Whitehall, British Comedian and Actor
Jack William Jones, son of Ethan & Casey Jones (a quintuplet)
Jack Montgomery McDermott (1998), son of Dean McDermott

Pop Culture References for the Name Jack

Jack- Into the Woods character
Jack Bauer, main character of the U.S. show "24"
Jack Bing - Monica and Chandler from Friends name their twin son Jack
Jack Bristow, character from the series "Alias"
Jack Carter, character on "Eureka"
Jack Cox, character on "Scrubs"
Jack Dawson, main character in the film "Titanic"
Jack Frost, from the animated movie "Rise of the Guardians"
Jack Gallo, character in "Just Shoot Me!"
Captain Jack Harkness, "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood"
Jack Hodgins, character on "Bones"
Jack McFarland, from the U.S. series "Will and Grace"
Jack Malone, character from the series "Without a Trace"
Jack Morgan, main character from the "Dragonback" series
Jack O'Neill, character in "Stargate"
Jack Sadelstein, from the movie "Jack and Jill"
Jack Shephard, male lead on the U.S. hit show "Lost"
Jack Skellington, from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Captain Jack Sparrow, "Pirates of the Caribbean" series
Jack Stanfield, character of the 2006 film "Firewall"
Jack Trainer, character of the 1988 film "Working Girl"
Jack Tripper, male lead from "Three's Company"
Jack Twist, from Brokeback Mountain (short story and film)
Jack Torrance, the antagonist of "The Shining"
"Jack and Sarah," 1995 film
Hit the Road Jack, song written by Percy Mayfield
"Jumping Jack Flash," song by the Rolling Stones
"Jack and Diane," song by John Cougar Mellencamp
"Jack Slade," 1952 western thriller
Jack and the Beanstalk, fairy tale
"Jack and Jill," a nursery rhyme
"Jack Be Nimble," a nursery rhyme
"Jack Sprat," a nursery rhyme
Little Jack Horner, a nursery rhyme
Cousin Jack - nickname for a Cornish expat
Jack Wills- British Clothing Line

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