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Gender: Male Meaning of Jacques: "supplanter" Origin of Jacques: French variation of James and Jacob

The name Jacques is a boy's name of French origin meaning "supplanter". Jacques and is often added to lists like Royal Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Boys Makeover- Two Middles".

From the experts:

Classic French name that becomes pretentious when used for an American baby.

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Famous People Named Jacques

Jacques René Chirac, 22nd President of France
Jacques Cartier, French explorer of Quebec
Jacques-Yves Cousteau, French oceanographer
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Swiss philosopher
(Joseph) Jacques Omer Plante, Canadian ice hockey player
Jackie Élie "Jacques" Derrida, French philosopher
Jacques Romain Georges Brel, Belgian singer-songwriter
Jacques Jean Jaroslaw Marie, Prince of France, Duke of Orléans, son of French pretender Prince Henri
Jacques Mayol, Chinese-born French free diver
Jacques Marie Émile Lacan, French psychiatrist
Jacques Loeb, German-American physiologist and biologist
Jacques Berman Webster II, birth name of American rapper Travis Scott
Jacques Dimitri Reeves, American NFL football player
Jacques Rashaud McClendon, American NFL football player
Jacques E. Cesaire, American NFL football player
(Jacques) Dominique Wilkins, American basketball player
Jacques Lucien Monod, French biologist and Nobel Prize winner
Jacques Henry Kallis, South African cricketer
Jacques Toubon, French politician
Jacques Honoré Rainier Grimaldi (b. 2014), Hereditary Prince of Monaco, Marquis of Baux; son of Prince Albert II

Pop Culture References for the name Jacques

Jacques Snicket, character in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
Jacques, jester in video game "Spyro the Dragon"
Jacques, character in The Fleurville Trilogy by Countess De Segur
Jacques the Cleaner Shrimp, character in Disney's "Finding Nemo"
Dr. Jacques Von Hämsterviel, character in Disney's "Lilo & Stitch"
Jacques Blanc, character in the Onimusha video game series
Jacques The Scratcher, character in computer game "Wizard 101"
Jacques Beaupierre, character in Aaron Elkins' "Skeleton Dance"
Jacques Dubrinsky, character in the Carpathian Novels by Christine Feehan
Jacques, character in an episode of "The Simpsons"
"Frere Jacques," children's song
Jacques Renault, character in the TV series "Twin Peaks"
Inspector Jacques Clouseau, character in The Pink Panther film series

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stepx Says:


WHY pretentious?? Thats a silly and almost stupid remark. Its a cool name, actually. And one I would consider, personally. Its a bit exotic, and still masculine.

TechnoKitten Says:


adorable,i just wish it used a little more

gmdx Says:


I used to think that too! I like the real pronunciation better though.

RoddyThlayli Says:


I used to think this was pronounced Jaw-kwezz. I prefer that to the actual pronunciation.

strawberrything Says:


I used to nanny a boy called Jacques! When I told people his name they all thought I was saying "This is Baby Shark". So cute!

Courtney C Says:


Jacques is NOT pretentious. My cousin is a Jacques and was given to him in honor of our French roots, whom happens to also be extremely humble and sweet. Just don't pair with a posh middle/last sounding name.