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Gender: Male Meaning of Jack: "God is gracious" Origin of Jack: English, diminutive of John Jack's Popularity in 2017: #35

The name Jack is a boy's name of English origin meaning "God is gracious". Jack is ranked #35 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Middle Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Love, Like, Lose: Alphabetical".

From the experts:

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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Famous People Named Jack

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy, 35th President of the United States
James Andrew Innes "Jack" Dee, English stand-up comedian
Jack Peter Benedict Whitehall, English comedian and TV presenter
Jack Arthur Davenport, English actor
Jackson Frayn "Jack" Harries, English actor and vlogger
Jean-Louis Lebris "Jack" Kerouac, American novelist
John Griffith "Jack" London, American novelist
John Joseph "Jack" Nicholson, American actor
Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis), American musician of The White Stripes
Thomas Jacob "Jack" Black, American comedian and actor
John Hadley Nicanor "Jack" Hemingway, American writer; son of Ernest Hemingway
Jack French Kemp, U.S. Congressman from New York
Jacob Joachim "Jack" Klugman, American actor
Jack Ma (Yun), Chinese businessman of Alibaba
Jack Harold Paar, American TV personality
John Whitaker "Jack" Straw, English politician
John Randolph "Jack" Webb, American actor
Jack Wilson McConnell, Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale, former First Minister of Scotland
John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon, American actor
John Bushnell "Jack" Hanna, American zookeeper and TV personality
John Joseph "Jack" Haley, American actor and comedian
Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, American 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" Wagner, American actor
Jack William Nicklaus, American golfer
Jack Hody Johnson, American singer-songwriter
Jack Bassam Barakat, guitarist for All Time Low
Jack Steinberger, physicist and Nobel prize winner
Jack Antonoff, American musician
Jack Wilshere, British football Player
Jack Falahee, American actor
John Patrick "Jack" Douglass, American comedy vlogger
Jack Howard, British vlogger known as part of Jack and Dean
Jack Maynard, British vlogger
Jack Morris, American baseball player
Jack the Ripper, nickname for an anonymous English serial killer
Sean "Jack" McLoughlin, Irish YouTuber personality and gamer
Jack Robert Avery, American pop singer
Jack Joseph Osbourne, American TV personality and son of Ozzy Osbourne
Jack Pratt, son of actors Anna Faris and Chris Pratt
John Christopher "Jack" Depp III, son of Johnny Depp
Jack Holden Marsden, son of actor James Marsden
Jack Gordon Cassidy, son of actor Patrick Cassidy
Jack Haydon Langer Courteney, son of American actress A.J. Langer
Jack William Jones, son of Ethan & Casey Jones (a quintuplet)
Jack Montgomery McDermott, son 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 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

Pop Culture References for the name Jack

Jack Snyder, character on American soap opera "As The World Turns"
Jack Dawson, main character in the film "Titanic"
Jack Skellington, character in Disney's "The Nightmare Before Christmas"
Jack Driscoll, character in "King Kong" series
Jack Prescott, character in "King Kong" series
Jack Napier, character in DC Universe
Captain Jack Sparrow, main character in the Pirates of the Caribbean series
Jack Kelly, main character in film and musical 'Newsies'
Jack Kline, a lead character introduced in the later seasons of CW's "Supernatural"
Jack Merridew, character in book/film "Lord of the Flies"
Jack Bauer, main character on TV's "24"
Jack Ryan, main character in novels by Tom Clancy
Jack Reacher, main character in novels by Lee Child
Handsome Jack, character in Borderlands series of games
Jonathan "Jack" West Junior, character novels by Matthew Reilly
Jack Aubrey, character in the Aubrey–Maturin series by Patrick O'Brian and film "Master and Commander"
Jack Twist, a character in the 'House Of Night' series (PC Cast)
Jack Geller, Ross and Monica's father on TV's "Friends"
Jack Bing, son of Monica and Chandler on "Friends"
Jack Plumb, character in novel "The Nest"
Jack, pseudonym of the Narrator in book/film "Fight Club"
Jack Bell, character in film The Thin Red Line
Jack Burton, character in film Big Trouble in Little China
Jack Brooks, character in film Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer
Jack Campbell, character from the film The Family Man
Jack Crawford, character in book/film The Silence of the Lambs
Jack Powell, character in film "Jack"
Jack "Weasel" Hammer, character in Marvel Universe
Jack Hammer and Jack Shipley, characters in video game 'Ace Attorney'
Jack Bristow, character on TV's "Alias"
Jack Carter, character on "Eureka"
Jack Cox, character on "Scrubs"
John Francis "Jack" Donaghy, character on "30 Rock"
Jack Montgomery, rugaru on TV's "Supernatural"
Jack, son of Kelly Cline and Lucifer on TV's "Supernatural"
Jack Frost, character in animated movie "Rise of the Guardians"
Jack Simpson, main character in G. A. Henty's, Facing Death
Jack Gallo, character on TV's "Just Shoot Me!"
Jack Harkness, character on TV's "Doctor Who" and "Torchwood"
Jack Harper, main character in film "Oblivion"
Jack Hodgins, character on "Bones"
Jack McFarland, character on TV's "Will and Grace"
Jack Malone, character on TV's "Without a Trace"
Jack Morgan, main character from the "Dragonback" series
Jack O'Neill, character in "Stargate"
Jack Sadelstein, character in movie "Jack and Jill"
Jack Shephard, character on TV's "Lost"
Jack Smith, main character from "The Magic Tree House" book series by Mary Pope Osborne
Jack Stanfield, character of the 2006 film "Firewall"
Jack Thompson, character from TV's "Agent Carter"
Jack Trainer, character of the 1988 film "Working Girl"
Jack Tripper, character on TV's "Three's Company"
Jack Twist, character in book/film Brokeback Mountain
Jack Torrance, character in book/film "The Shining"
Jack, character on children's TV series Jack's Big Music Show
Jack, a main character in the Canadian television series Rusty Rivets
Jack, main character in the animated TV series Samurai Jack
Jack, a front-loader from the TV series Thomas and Friends
Jack Bowser, character on TV's The Electric Company
Jack Branning, character on British soap EastEnders
Jack Colero, one of the main characters in The Nutshack
Jack Fenton, character on animated series Danny Phantom
Jack Hackett, character on TV's Father Ted
Jack Landors, Red SPD Ranger on TV's Power Rangers SPD
Jack O'Neill, main character in the TV series Stargate SG-1
Jack Spicer, character on TV's Xiaolin Showdown
Ultraman Jack, character in tokusatsu series The Return of Ultraman
Dr. Jack McAndrew, character on TV's Red Band Society
Jack, a main character in Ken Follett's "The Pillars of Earth"
Jack Daniels, brother of minor villain Xavier Daniels, in "One Tree Hill"
Jack Simon, Kensi's ex-fiancé in "NCIS: Los Angeles"
Jack McDermott, character on movie "The Dream Team"
Jack Zimmermann, character in webcomic "Check, Please!"
Jack Bunch, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Jack Porter, character in "The Sims 3" computer game
Jack Johnson, six-year-old character on TV's "Black-ish"
Jack Spades, character in "Colorless"
Jack Ryder, also known as Creeper, character in DC Universe
DI Jack Robinson, character in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
Jack Wilder, character in the movie "Now You See Me"
Jack Brewer, character from Disney XD's "Kickin' It"
Jack McPhee, character from "Dawson's Creek"
Jack Noir, character from webcomic "Homestuck"
Jack Ransone, character from "Sims" series
Jack Joshua, character from "Lethal Weapon"
Jack Fairbairn Marrowbone, character in the movie "Marrowbone"
Jack, also known as Ace, a character from "Are you Alice?"
Jack/Subject Zero, female Character of the Mass Effect video game trilogy
"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
"Jack Goes Boating", 2010 film
Jack Carney, character in the film "Apartment Zero"
Jack 'Soldier: 76' Morrison, Character from the video game Overwatch Overwatch
Jack, a character from the game "Minecraft: Story Mode - Season 2"
Jack Will, character in R. J. Palacio's "Wonder"
Jack Pearson, main character and father on TV's "This Is Us".
Jack Fletcher, main protagonist in the series " Young Samurai," by Chris Bradford.
Jack Cooper, main character of "Titanfall 2"
Jack Thornton from When Calls the Heart
Jack Dalton, main character on TV's "MacGyver"
Jack Griffin, the main character on NBC's television series "A.P. Bio."

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TechnoKitten Says:


Hit the road,Jack

podsolnechnik13 Says:


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

Alaina Says:


I love the name Jack for a boy!

bordercollie Says:


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

hermioneameliastyles Says:


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:


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

jack_honey_bone Says:



isosceles_kramer Says:


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

It's just an excellent name.

IsolationHedge Says:


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:


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:


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:


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

JessicaRK467 Says:


This is one of my very favorite names for a 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:


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

killerbunnyfangs Says:


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:


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:


a lovely, simple name that deserves its mass popularity

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