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Gender: M Meaning of James: "supplanter" Origin of James: English variation of Jacob, Hebrew James's Popularity in 2015: #7

James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages that is more popular -- and yes, stylish -- than ever today. It recently came out Number 1 in a poll of America's favorite boys' baby names.

James is biblical (the name of two apostles in the New Testament), royal (kings of both England and Scotland), presidential (with more U.S. Chief Executives named James (six) than any other name), and it is shared by countless great writers and entertainers. James is back in the Top 10 and a current favorite among fashionable parents looking for a baby name that has both style and substance.

There are fewer Jimmys, Jimbos or even Jamies these days; the most fashionable form of the name is James itself. Several stylish celebrities have chosen it in recent years for their sons, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Liz Phair, Colin Farrell and Isaac Hanson. Brendan Fehr thought out of the box and named his daughter James.

James has some interesting foreign variations: Diego and Jaime (Spanish), Jacques (French), Giacomo (Italian), Hamish (Scottish), Jaako (Finnish), Seamus (Irish), Jaap (Dutch) and Jago (Cornish).

Famous People Named James

Saint James the Just, brother of Jesus, first bishop of Jerusalem
Saint James the Apostle, son of Zebedee, brother of John the Apostle
James Edward Franco, American actor, author and educator
James Hillier Blount (Blunt), English musician and former soldier
James Byron Dean, American actor
James I-V, Kings of Scotland
James I and II and V and VI, Kings of Scotland and England
James I and II, Kings of Aragon
James II-IV, Kings of Majorca
James Madison, Jr., 4th U.S. president
James Monroe, 5th U.S. president
James Knox Polk, 11th U.S. president
James Buchanan, Jr., 15th U.S. president
James Abram Garfield, 20th U.S. president
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., 39th U.S. president
James Joseph Brown, American singer
James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, Canadian actor
James Byron Casey, American football player
James Corden, English actor/writer
James Child Drury, Jr., American actor
James Hoke Dorough, son of Howie D., american singer of the Backstreet Boys
James Andrew Duggar, 13th child of reality TV's Duggar family
James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar, TV personality
James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon, American actor/comedian
James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist
James Galway, flutist
James Garner, American actor
James "Jimi" Hendrix, American singer
James Maury "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, Irish novelist and poet
James Harvey "Jamie" Kennedy, American actor/comedian
James Martin Lafferty, American actor
James Hiroyuki Liao, American television, film & theater actor
James Marlowe, American actor and singer
James Paul Marsden, American actor
James Marsters, American actor
James David Maslow, American actor and singer
James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish mathematical physicist
James Andrew McAvoy, Scottish actor
James Daniel McVey, lead guitarist for The Vamps
James Morrison, English singer
James "Murr" Murray from TV's Impractical Jokers
James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, musician from Led Zeppelin
James Rainwater, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
James Righton, member of the British band, Klaxons
James Rollins, American Author
James Taylor, American singer-songwriter
James Todd Smith, know as American rapper/actor LL Cool J
James David Van Der Beek, American actor
James Wilkie, Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker's son
James Alexander Philip Theo Windsor, Viscount Severn
James Wolfe, British war hero
(James) Paul McCartney, English musician, former member of The Beatles
James David (Roady) Rodriguez, American Actor
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart, American actor
Alfie James Pitford (b. 2015), son of Catherine Tyldesley
James Andrew Eric Phelps, English Actor
James Anthony Yammouni, Youtube comedian
James A Lovell, Jr., American astronaut
James A McDivitt, American astronaut
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons, American actor
James Gillette, son of rocker Lita Ford

Pop Culture References for the name James

James Isaac "Jimmy" Neutron, protagonist of Jimmy Neutron : Boy Genius
James Bond, spy character created by Ian Fleming
James Tiberius Kirk, captain in the Star Trek series
"James & the Giant Peach," novel by Roald Dahl, movie and main character
James Potter, father of Harry James Potter and grandfather of James Sirius Potter in the Harry Potter series
James "Jem" Carstairs, character in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series
James "Jim" Moriarty, nemesis in the Sherlock Holmes series
James Rhodes, character in the Iron Man series
James "Bucky" Barnes, character in the Captain America series
James Sunderland, main character in the video game "Silent Hill 2"
James Leary, character in video game "The Sims 3: Moonlight Bay"
James Diamond, character on TV's "Big Time Rush"
James, character in the Twilight series
James Trivette, character on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
James "Logan" Howlett, character in the X-Men series
James, member of Team Rocket in the Pokemon series
James "Jim" Duncan Halpert, character on TV's "The Office"
James "Jamie" Lucas Scott, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
James, a train on TV's "Thomas & Friends"
James "Wilke" Wilkerson III, Character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
James Whitlock, character in the Mindbender series by Veronica Slemp
James Stark, character in the 'House of Night' series by PC Cast
James Gatz, birth name of Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"
James Gordon, police commissioner in the Batman series
James Byrd, penguin in "Spyro the Dragon" video games
James Walsham, main character in G. A. Henty's, With Wolfe in Canada
James Herondale, main character in Cassandra Clare's "The Last Hours"
James 'Iggy' Griffiths, character in the Maximum Ride novels
James, character in video game "Fallout 3"
James Yewbeam, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, real name of the character Saul Goodman on the television shows 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul'
James Sirius Potter, son of Harry James Potter

James's International Variations

Shamus, Shay, Séamas, Seumus, Shamas (Irish) Jaap (Dutch) Hamish, Seumas, Jock, Jamie (Scottish) Giacomo (Italian) Jago (Cornish) Diego, Yago, Santiago, Jaime, Iago (Spanish) Jacque, Jacques (French) Hagop (Armenian)