English, diminutive of John
"God is gracious"

Jack Origin and Meaning

The name Jack is a boy's name of English origin meaning "God is gracious".

Jack may have fallen from its Number 1 place in England, but in the US it's as popular as it was at its height in the 1920s and 1930s. A durable, cheery, everyman form of John, Jack ranks as one of the most popular boy names starting with J.

Jack is a derivative of John that originated in medieval England. The name went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to Jack. The name was so common in the Middle Ages that Jack became a generic term for a man.

Jack is familiar to all from earliest childhood via Jack and Jill, Jack Sprat, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Jack Horner et al. It is still a recent favorite for novel, TV and movie characters.

Jack is at the top of the charts in Ireland and Scotland, and also ranks highly in Germany, Sweden, the Netherlands, and Belgium.

The jaunty Scottish version is Jock.

# 15 in the US

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# 68 on Nameberry

Jack Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jack Popularity

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Famous People Named Jack

  • John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy35th President of the United States
  • James Andrew Innes "Jack" DeeEnglish stand,up comedian
  • Jack Peter Benedict WhitehallEnglish comedian and TV presenter
  • Jack Arthur DavenportEnglish actor
  • Jackson Frayn "Jack" HarriesEnglish actor and vlogger
  • JeanLouis Lebris "Jack" Kerouac, American novelist
  • John Griffith "Jack" LondonAmerican novelist
  • John Joseph "Jack" NicholsonAmerican actor
  • Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis)American musician of The White Stripes
  • Thomas Jacob "Jack" BlackAmerican comedian and actor
  • John Hadley Nicanor "Jack" HemingwayAmerican writer; son of Ernest Hemingway
  • Jack French KempU.S. Congressman from New York
  • Jacob Joachim "Jack" KlugmanAmerican actor
  • Jack Ma (Yun)Chinese businessman of Alibaba
  • Jack Harold PaarAmerican TV personality
  • John Whitaker "Jack" StrawEnglish politician
  • John Randolph "Jack" WebbAmerican actor
  • Jack Wilson McConnellBaron McConnell of Glenscorrodale, former First Minister of Scotland
  • John Uhler "Jack" LemmonAmerican actor
  • John Bushnell "Jack" HannaAmerican zookeeper and TV personality
  • John Joseph "Jack" HaleyAmerican actor and comedian
  • Jasper Newton "Jack" DanielAmerican distiller of Jack Daniel's whiskey
  • Jack Benny (born Benjamin Kubelsky)American actor and comedian
  • Jack Palance (born Volodymyr Palahniuk)American actor
  • Peter John "Jack" WagnerAmerican actor
  • Jack William NicklausAmerican golfer
  • Jack Hody JohnsonAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Jack Bassam Barakatguitarist for All Time Low
  • Jack Steinbergerphysicist and Nobel prize winner
  • Jack AntonoffAmerican musician
  • Jack WilshereBritish football Player
  • Jack FalaheeAmerican actor
  • John Patrick "Jack" DouglassAmerican comedy vlogger
  • Jack HowardBritish vlogger known as part of Jack and Dean
  • Jack MaynardBritish vlogger
  • Jack MorrisAmerican baseball player
  • Jack KevorkianControversial American doctor & pathologist
  • Jack the Rippernickname for an anonymous English serial killer
  • Sean "Jack" McLoughlinIrish YouTuber personality and gamer
  • Jack ChickAmerican Christian Fundamentalist Cartoonist, creator of "Chick Tracts"
  • Jack Robert AveryAmerican pop singer
  • Jack Joseph OsbourneAmerican TV personality and son of Ozzy Osbourne
  • Jack Prattson of actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
  • John Christopher "Jack" Depp IIIson of Johnny Depp
  • Jack Holden Marsdenson of actor James Marsden
  • Jack Gordon Cassidyson of actor Patrick Cassidy
  • Jack Haydon Langer Courteneyson of American actress A.J. Langer
  • Jack William Jonesson of Ethan & Casey Jones (a quintuplet)
  • Jack Montgomery McDermottson of actor Dean McDermott
  • Jack Matfin Bell (b. 2013)son of actors Evan Rachel Wood and Jamie Bell
  • Jack Leon Lynch (b. 2013)son of tennis player Kim Clijsters
  • Jack Lion Hartzler (b. 2014)son of singer Amy Lee
  • Jack Steven Dunham (b. 2015)son of comedian Jeff Dunham
  • Jack Ryder Slomski (b. 2015)son of Instagram star Caitlin Fladager
  • Jack Breckenridge Hooper (b. 2016)son of actress Alexandra Breckenridge
  • Jack Clark Tapper (b. 2016)son of actress Annaleigh Ashford
  • Jack Oscar Statham (b. 2017)son of actors Rosie Huntington,Whiteley and Jason Statham
  • Jack Hiroki Gifford (b. 2018)son of actress Vinessa Shaw
  • Jack Adam Dykstra (b. 2018)son of actress Jamie,Lynn Sigler
  • Jack Shulman (b. 2019)son of actress Anne Hathaway.

Jack in Pop Culture

  • Jack Coxcharacter on "Scrubs"
  • Jack Snydercharacter on American soap opera "As The World Turns"
  • Jack Dawsonmain character in the film "Titanic"
  • Jack Skellingtoncharacter in Disney's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
  • Jack Driscollcharacter in "King Kong" series
  • Jack Prescottcharacter in "King Kong" series
  • Jack Napiercharacter in DC Universe, Jack Napier later become the Joker
  • Captain Jack Sparrowmain character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series
  • Jack Kellymain character in film and musical 'Newsies'
  • Jack Klinea lead character introduced in the later seasons of CW's "Supernatural"
  • Jack Merridewcharacter in book/film "Lord of the Flies"
  • Jack Bauermain character on TV's "24"
  • Jack Ryanmain character in novels by Tom Clancy
  • Jack Reachermain character in novels by Lee Child
  • Handsome Jackcharacter in Borderlands series of games
  • Jonathan "Jack" West Juniorcharacter novels by Matthew Reilly
  • Jack Aubreycharacter in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian and film "Master and Commander"
  • Jack Twista character in the 'House Of Night' series (PC Cast)
  • Jack GellerRoss and Monica's father on TV's "Friends"
  • Jack Bingson of Monica and Chandler on "Friends"
  • Jack Plumbcharacter in novel "The Nest"
  • Jackpseudonym of the Narrator in book/film "Fight Club"
  • Jack Bellcharacter in film The Thin Red Line
  • Jack Burtoncharacter in film Big Trouble in Little China
  • Jack Brookscharacter in film Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
  • Jack Campbellcharacter from the film The Family Man
  • Jack Crawfordcharacter in book/film The Silence of the Lambs
  • Jack Powellcharacter in film "Jack"
  • Jack "Weasel" Hammercharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Jack Hammer and Jack Shipleycharacters in video game 'Ace Attorney'
  • Jack Bristowcharacter on TV's "Alias"
  • Jack Cartercharacter on "Eureka"
  • John Francis "Jack" Donaghycharacter on "30 Rock"
  • Jack Montgomeryrugaru on TV's "Supernatural"
  • Jackson of Kelly Cline and Lucifer on TV's "Supernatural"
  • Jack Frostcharacter in animated movie "Rise of the Guardians"
  • Jack Simpsonmain character in G. A. Henty's, Facing Death
  • Jack Gallocharacter on TV's "Just Shoot Me!"
  • Jack Harknesscharacter on TV's "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood"
  • Jack Harpermain character in film "Oblivion"
  • Jack Hodginscharacter on "Bones"
  • Jack McFarlandcharacter on TV's "Will and Grace"
  • Jack Malonecharacter on TV's "Without a Trace"
  • Jack Morganmain character from the "Dragonback" series
  • Jack O'Neillcharacter in "Stargate"
  • Jack Sadelsteincharacter in movie "Jack and Jill"
  • Jack Shephardcharacter on TV's "Lost"
  • Jack Smithmain character from "The Magic Tree House" book series by Mary Pope Osborne
  • Jack Stanfieldcharacter of the 2006 film "Firewall"
  • Jack Thompsoncharacter from TV's "Agent Carter"
  • Jack Trainercharacter of the 1988 film "Working Girl"
  • Jack Trippercharacter on TV's "Three's Company"
  • Jack Twistcharacter in book/film Brokeback Mountain
  • Jack Torrancecharacter in book/film "The Shining"
  • Jackcharacter on children's TV series Jack's Big Music Show
  • Jacka main character in the Canadian television series Rusty Rivets
  • Jackmain character in the animated TV series Samurai Jack
  • Jacka front,loader from the TV series Thomas and Friends
  • Jack Bowsercharacter on TV's The Electric Company
  • Jack Branningcharacter on British soap EastEnders
  • Jack Coleroone of the main characters in The Nutshack
  • Jack Fentoncharacter on animated series Danny Phantom
  • Jack Hackettcharacter on TV's Father Ted
  • Jack LandorsRed SPD Ranger on TV's Power Rangers SPD
  • Jack O'Neillmain character in the TV series Stargate SG,1
  • Jack Spicercharacter on TV's Xiaolin Showdown
  • Ultraman Jackcharacter in tokusatsu series The Return of Ultraman
  • Dr. Jack McAndrewcharacter on TV's Red Band Society
  • Jacka main character in Ken Follett's "The Pillars of Earth"
  • Jack Danielsbrother of minor villain Xavier Daniels, in "One Tree Hill"
  • Jack SimonKensi's ex,fiancé in "NCIS: Los Angeles"
  • Jack McDermottcharacter on movie "The Dream Team"
  • Jack Zimmermanncharacter in webcomic "Check, Please!"
  • Jack Bunchcharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Jack Portercharacter in "The Sims 3" computer game
  • Jack Johnsonsix,year,old character on TV's "Black,ish"
  • Jack Spadescharacter in "Colorless"
  • Jack Ryderalso known as Creeper, character in DC Universe
  • DI Jack Robinsoncharacter in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
  • Jack Wildercharacter in the movie "Now You See Me"
  • Jack Brewercharacter from Disney XD's "Kickin' It"
  • Jack McPheecharacter from "Dawson's Creek"
  • Jack Noircharacter from webcomic "Homestuck"
  • Jack Ransonecharacter from "Sims" series
  • Jack Joshuacharacter from "Lethal Weapon"
  • Jack Fairbairn Marrowbonecharacter in the movie "Marrowbone"
  • Jackalso known as Ace, a character from "Are you Alice?"
  • Jack/Subject Zerofemale Character of the Mass Effect video game trilogy
  • Jack Carneycharacter in the film "Apartment Zero"
  • Jack 'Soldier: 76' MorrisonCharacter from the video game Overwatch Overwatch
  • Jacka character from the game "Minecraft: Story Mode , Season 2"
  • Jack Willcharacter in R. J. Palacio's "Wonder"
  • Jack Pearsonmain character and father on TV's "This Is Us".
  • Jack Fletchermain protagonist in the series " Young Samurai," by Chris Bradford.
  • Jack Coopermain character of "Titanfall 2"
  • Jack Thornton from When Calls the Heart
  • Jack Daltonmain character on TV's "MacGyver"
  • Jack Griffinthe main character on NBC's television series "A.P. Bio."
  • Jack Ransomcharacter in the upcoming animated series Star Trek: Lower Decks
  • Jack FullerJr, character in the 2008 film "What Happens in Vegas" played by Ashton Kutcher
  • John James "Jack" McCoycharacter on TV show "Law and Order"
  • "Jack and Sarah" 1995 film
  • Hit the Road Jacksong 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 Beanstalkfairy tale
  • "Jack and Jill" a nursery rhyme
  • "Jack Be Nimble" a nursery rhyme
  • "Jack Sprat" a nursery rhyme
  • "Little Jack Horner" a nursery rhyme
  • "Jack Goes Boating"2010 film