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Gender: M Meaning of James: "supplanter" Origin of James: English variation of Jacob, Hebrew James's Popularity in 2016: #5

James is one of the classic Anglo-Saxon names, a stalwart through the ages that is more popular -- and yes, stylish -- than ever today. It recently came out Number 1 in a poll of America's favorite boys' baby names.

James is biblical (the name of two apostles in the New Testament), royal (kings of both England and Scotland), presidential (with more U.S. Chief Executives named James (six) than any other name), and it is shared by countless great writers and entertainers. James -- which reentered the Top 5 in 2016, for the first time since 1980 -- is a current favorite among fashionable parents looking for a baby name that has both style and substance.

There are fewer Jimmys, Jimbos or even Jamies these days; the most fashionable form of the name is James itself. Several stylish celebrities have chosen it in recent years for their sons, including Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Liz Phair, Colin Farrell and Isaac Hanson. Brendan Fehr thought out of the box and named his daughter James.

James has some interesting foreign variations: Diego and Jaime (Spanish), Jacques (French), Giacomo (Italian), Hamish (Scottish), Jaako (Finnish), Seamus (Irish), Jaap (Dutch) and Jago (Cornish).

Famous People Named James

Saint James the Just, brother of Jesus, first bishop of Jerusalem
Saint James the Apostle, son of Zebedee, brother of John the Apostle
James I-V, Kings of Scotland
James I and VI and James II and VII, Kings of England and Scotland
James I and II, Kings of Aragon
James II-IV, Kings of Majorca
James Madison, Jr., 4th U.S. president
James Monroe, 5th U.S. president
James Knox Polk, 11th U.S. president
James Buchanan, Jr., 15th U.S. president
James Abram Garfield, 20th U.S. president
James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., 39th U.S. president
James Byron Dean, American actor
James Joseph Brown, American singer
James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, Canadian actor
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart, American actor
James Patrick "Jimmy" Page, English musician of band Led Zeppelin
James Taylor, American singer-songwriter
James Earl Jones, American actor
James Todd Smith aka LL Cool J, American rapper and actor
James Byron Casey, American football player
James Corden, English comedian and TV host
James Child Drury, Jr., American actor
James Edward Franco, American actor
James Hillier Blunt, English singer-songwriter
James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar, TV personality
James Thomas "Jimmy" Fallon, American actor/comedian
James Feigen, American swimmer
James George Frazer, Scottish anthropologist
James Garner, American actor
James "Jimi" Hendrix, American singer
James Maury "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer
James Augustine Aloysius Joyce, Irish novelist and poet
James Harvey "Jamie" Kennedy, American actor/comedian
James Martin Lafferty, American actor
James Hiroyuki Liao, American actor
James Magnussen, Australian swimmer
James Marlowe, American actor and singer
James Paul Marsden, American actor
James Marsters, American actor
James David Maslow, American actor and singer
James Clerk Maxwell, Scottish mathematical physicist
James Andrew McAvoy, Scottish actor
James Daniel McVey, lead guitarist for The Vamps
James Morrison, English singer
James "Murr" Murray, comedian from TV's Impractical Jokers
James Rainwater, American physicist and Nobel prize winner
James Righton, member of the British band, Klaxons
James Roberts, Australian swimmer
James Rollins, American Author
James David Van Der Beek, American actor
James Wolfe, British war hero
(James) Paul McCartney, English musician of The Beatles
James David (Roady) Rodriguez, American actor
James Andrew Eric Phelps, English actor
James Anthony Yammouni, Youtube comedian
James A Lovell, Jr., American astronaut
James A McDivitt, American astronaut
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons, American actor
James Elliot Bourne, British musician of band Busted
James Alfred "Jim" Chapman, British vlogger
James Perry, American actor in YouTube sketch comedy show Studio C
James Francis "Jim" Cameron, Canadian filmmaker, director, and producer
James Metcalfe "Jamie" Campbell Bower, English actor, singer, and model
James Ma (born James Assarasakorn), Thai actor and model
James Gillette, son of musicians Lita Ford and Jim Gillette of Nitro
James Andrew Duggar (b. 2001), 13th child (8th son) of reality TV's Duggar family
James Wilkie Broderick (b. 2002), son of actors Matthew Broderick & Sarah Jessica Parker
James Alexander Philip Theo Mountbatten-Windsor, Viscount Severn (b. 2007); son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex; grandson of Queen Elizabeth II
James Monroe Hanson (b. 2008), son of American musician Isaac Hanson
James Hoke Dorough (b. 2009), son of singer Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys
James Joseph Cavanagh (b. 2009), son of Canadian actor Tom Cavanagh
James Timothy Pudi (b. 2012), son of actor Danny Pudi
James Knight Newman (b. 2013), son of actress and model Jaime King
James Hamilton McDonough (b. 2014), son of American actor Neal McDonough
James Jeffrey Dunham (b. 2015), son of American comedian Jeff Dunham
James Turner, a YouTuber, known as The Sim Supply

Pop Culture References for the name James

James Bond, 007, spy character created by Ian Fleming
James Tiberius Kirk, captain in the Star Trek series
James 'Jim' Hawkins, main character in RL Stevenson's Treasure Island and Disney's Treasure Planet
James Isaac "Jimmy" Neutron, main character in Jimmy Neutron : Boy Genius
"James & the Giant Peach," novel by Roald Dahl, movie and main character
James "Prongs" Potter, father of Harry James Potter in the Harry Potter series
James Sirius Potter, son of Harry James Potter in the Harry Potter series
James "Jem" Carstairs, character in Cassandra Clare's Infernal Devices series
James "Jim" Moriarty, nemesis in the Sherlock Holmes series
James "Rhodey" Rhodes, character in Marvel Universe
James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes, character in Marvel Universe
James "Logan" Howlett, also known as Wolverine, character in Marvel Universe
James "Jim" Paxton, character in Marvel Universe
James Sunderland, main character in the video game "Silent Hill 2"
James Leary, character in video game "The Sims 3: Moonlight Bay"
James Diamond, character on TV's "Big Time Rush"
James, character in the Twilight series
James "Jimmy" Kent, character on TV's "Downton Abbey"
James, main character in viral short film "One-Minute Time Machine" (2014)
James Trivette, character on TV's "Walker, Texas Ranger"
James, member of Team Rocket in the Pokemon series
James Duncan "Jim" Halpert, character on TV's "The Office"
James Lucas "Jamie" Scott, character on TV's "One Tree Hill"
James, a train on TV's "Thomas & Friends"
James "Wilke" Wilkerson III, Character on TV's "Switched at Birth"
James Whitlock, character in the Mindbender series by Veronica Slemp
James Stark, character in the 'House of Night' series by PC Cast
James Gatz, birth name of Jay Gatsby in F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"
James Byrd, penguin in "Spyro the Dragon" video games
James Walsham, main character in G. A. Henty's, With Wolfe in Canada
James Herondale, main character in Cassandra Clare's "The Last Hours"
James 'Iggy' Griffiths, character in the Maximum Ride novels
James, character in video game "Fallout 3"
James Yewbeam, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, real name of Saul Goodman, character on TV's 'Breaking Bad' and 'Better Call Saul'
James Dennet, character in Mary Kubica's novel "The Good Girl"
James "Jimmy" Palmer, character on TV's "NCIS"
James Evan Wilson, character on TV's "House M.D."
James "Jim" Brass, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
James Rook, character in webcomic "Hotblood!"
James Bartholomew "Jimmy" Olsen, character in DC Universe
James Jacob "Jim" Harper, also known as Guardian, character in DC Universe
James Jesse, also known as Trickster, character in DC Universe
James Gordon Sr. and James Gordon Jr., characters in DC Universe

James's International Variations

Shamus, Shay, Séamas, Seumus, Shamas (Irish) Jaap (Dutch) Hamish, Seumas, Jock, Jamie (Scottish) Giacomo (Italian) Jago (Cornish) Diego, Yago, Santiago, Jaime, Iago (Spanish) Jacque, Jacques (French) Hagop (Armenian)