Gender: Female Meaning of Jacqueline: "supplanter" Origin of Jacqueline: French, feminine diminutive of Jacques Jacqueline's Popularity in 2019: #382

Jacqueline Origin and Meaning

The name Jacqueline is a girl's name of French origin meaning "supplanter".

Jacqueline originated as a feminine form of Jacques, the French variation of James, and therefore Jacob. Jacob was ultimately derived from the Hebrew name Ya’aqov, and gets its meaning, “supplanter” from the story of Jacob supplanting his brother Esau as the first-born son in the Bible. Jacqueline was first used in France in the Middle Ages.

To most Americans, the French Jacqueline still recalls the Kennedy era and its elegant First Lady, although it's lost a good measure of its glamorous image and Gallic gloss. Jacqueline and Jackie peaked as names in 1961, the age of Camelot, reaching a high of Number 37.

The name was imported into England by a French sister-in-law of Henry V (known as Dame Jack) and had reached the Top 50 in this country by the 1920s. It's one of those names with a bunch of different spellings, the most common of which is Jacqueline.

Barbara Walters named her only child Jacqueline.

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Rank in US: #382

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Jacqueline's International Variations

Jacquie (French) Jakolina (East European) Jacquenetta (Swiss) Jaquetta (Italian)


briarblossom Says:


I love Jacqueline and Jackie. I think with some classic names becoming so commonly used a name like Jacqueline could be a good choice.

DJ_Daffy73 Says:


Jaqueline is my middle name, but sometimes i wish it was my first! so much fun and great ways to abbreviate! i love getting to tell people its french!

LaurenDH Says:


When I was younger, I thought this was pronounced Jay-kwell-EEN. I struggle not to revert to that when I see this spelling. Still prefer this of any other spelling, though.

zhenya Says:


this is a pretty name but it gets spelled wrong allllllll the time which is annoying. I'd say stick to Jaclyn as it is easier for other kids to remember the spelling!

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love this name, nn Jackie.

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love the name "Jack-Lynn" but won't be having enough babies to use it!!! Great choice! Elegant, bold and girly!

indiefendi2 Says:


I would like this name if people pronounced it the *French* way zhaq leen

Eleri Gwenllian Says:


Lovely name with French chic that would be wonderful to see on more current babies.

TheSlothPrincess Says:


Jacqueline is a sophisticated sounding name, and Jackie has a nice down-to-earth feel. Really like this one.

headintheclouds Says:


Beautiful classy elegant name. I've never quite realized how strange Jacqueline's spelling is (for the English language anyway, since it's a French name) until I tried to explain its spelling to a non-native English speaker who'd never seen the name before. Jacklyn is certainly more straightforward, but just takes away from the loveliness of Jacqueline IMO. Ditto with Jackie, but I love Jacqui as a nickname, which sounds pretty much the same with Jackie but retains the regal vibe that Jacqueline has.

csd267 Says:


I love Jacqueline! Jaq is a cool nickname

RoddyThlayli Says:


For a really long time, I thought this name was pronounced Jack-kwel-line. Then I took French lessons. :P

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I much prefer this over Jacklyn, it just seems more unique.But not unique as in Penelopey or Strawberry. In my opinion those two are weird. But I love this name! And I love the nickname Jackie!

jacqueline tagalog Says:


OMG,,, this is my name and i love my name and i like my nickname "jackie" . so knnedy becoming popular because of this name

jojobabyberry Says:


Agree. Nothing against Kennedy but I much prefer Jacqueline. It's such a beautiful, classy name to me.

Kisa Says:


I love this name, the nickname "Jackie" is adorable. I say if Kennedy is becoming popular -- why not Jacqueline?