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Gender: Male Meaning of Jack: "God is gracious" Origin of Jack: English, diminutive of John Jack's Popularity in 2018: #28

Jack Origin and Meaning

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

Jack was, until 2011 when he was unseated by Oliver, for years the Number 1 boy name in England and is widely used in America as well, having returned to the Top 100 in 1996 and ranking as one of the most popular boy names starting with J. 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 recent 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.

Jack has been a top name across the English-speaking world, for well over a decade, and is currently still a highly popular name in Scotland and Ireland.

The jaunty Scottish version is Jock.

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Popularity

Rank in US: #28

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Famous People Named Jack

Pop Culture References for the name Jack

Jax, Jaq, Jackub, Jock, Jak, Jacko, Jacqin, Jackie, Jocko

Comments

TechnoKitten Says:

2019-01-27T23:18:34

Hit the road,Jack

podsolnechnik13 Says:

2017-08-05T01:23:16

I usually hate really popular names, but I love the name Jack.

Alaina Says:

2017-05-24T20:10:11

I love the name Jack for a boy!

bordercollie Says:

2017-04-09T22:45:45

I love Jack, even though it's such a common name.

hermioneameliastyles Says:

2016-12-27T11:52:11

Jack is not used as much in the United States anymore. Mostly older men have the name. Most people are named Jackson instead. I like the name. It has cool feel to it that doesn't feel old.

Jazmin Hunt (Jaz) Says:

2016-02-11T16:27:58

I don't mean to be rude. I just wanted to vent out some frustration towards it

jack_honey_bone Says:

2015-09-30T12:57:46

ouch.

isosceles_kramer Says:

2015-08-20T02:14:04

This is one of the few overplayed names that I really, really like.

It's just an excellent name.

IsolationHedge Says:

2015-07-28T14:38:19

I'm in the UK, and it's incredibly popular. I'm just really tired of hearing it all the time. Maybe it was a good name, but nowadays it is so overused it is losing its strength and integrity. Not to mention something... inappropriate. I've no idea why so many kids have this name!

JazzieJonez Says:

2015-07-24T00:37:34

I'm gonna get this off my chest cuz I should be able to share my opinion, be it postive or negative. I absolutely hate this name. It's overrated, overused, and way too simple to be a serious proper name. I know a lot of people love this name but it seems like I can't, It even annoys a bit when I see it. This is just my opinion. I don't anyone name Jack, I just strongly don't care for the name.

adelinejane Says:

2015-07-05T21:20:46

I love this name! If it wasn't my dad's, I'd use it for one of my sons. His real name is John, but Jack suits him way better

Jennifer Kelly Says:

2015-05-06T01:14:25

I never used to like this name but over the years it's grown on me.

JessicaRK467 Says:

2015-04-10T06:01:45

This is one of my very favorite names for a boy...it is both strong and classic and brings to mind several of my favorite badass tv characters such as Jack McCoy, Jack Bauer and Jack Bristow. I just love it!

indiefendi2 Says:

2015-02-14T05:51:32

I prefer Jack waaaay more than Jake as a nickname for Jacob.

killerbunnyfangs Says:

2014-10-28T07:25:29

I named my first son Jack, emberrassing enough i couldn't think of a name i liked at first. I thought of Captain Jack Sparrow and his funny cocky attitude and it just stuck! Ironically my boy Jack is a short little guy with a big guys set of mind! He is just so sweet and sensitive and is always looking to please his father and I, but boy can he hold his own when it comes to a bully unlike his tall brother Hayden lol. Hayden needs mom to stand up for him while Jack would take on an army of ten thousand legions!

Guest Says:

2014-08-17T16:25:27

If only there weren't some...unpleasant references that came with Jack. It's still a super cute spunky name but I can't get over some things. (For example, George Clooney made fun of Jack Abramoff because he had both Jack and off in his name).

jasminegarden Says:

2014-08-17T12:34:42

a lovely, simple name that deserves its mass popularity

HollyMaxSpencer Says:

2014-08-08T12:58:18

<3