Gender: Male Meaning of James: "supplanter" Origin of James: English variation of Jacob, Hebrew James's Popularity in 2019: #6

James Origin and Meaning

The name James is a boy's name of Hebrew, English origin meaning "supplanter".

James is an English derivation of the Hebrew name Jacob. 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 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 also among the most classic authentically English names for boys.

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. James also ranks among the Top 10 boy names starting with J of all time.

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).

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Rank in US: #6

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Famous People Named James

Pop Culture References for the name James

Jimmy, Jamison, Jay, Jameson, Jaymz, Jamey, Jaymie, Jas, Jim, Jameze, Jamez, Jaimey, Jamesie, Jamesy, Jaymes, Jamies,

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, (Spanish)


ivy194 Says:


This name ages amazingly and works well with anything. Very popular but for a good reason. Love it!

jim0214 Says:


James is my name, but I go by Jim. I ready like my name. It has a classy ring to it. When I think of others that share the name, honor and strength come to mind. I did say others not me! There is a small problem, James has always reminded me of those old 1940's black and white movies, where James is the English stuffy butler or chauffeur. Like most of us, as kids growing up we were called Jimmy. As a adult, my Ex.called me Jimmy only in those tender moments in the darkness of our bedroom. And of course my mother to this day still uses it.

TechnoKitten Says:


IMO This name needs a break,it's SO overused to the point that almost every baby will be named this...

IcyRosey Says:


This will be the name of my first son. This has been my favourite name for a boy since I was a nerdy teenager who loved the Harry Potter books. I not only love the name, but I think it’ll be a cool way to honour something that was so meaningful to me in my life. DH knows and thinks it’s great. We’ve already had two girls, and have named them with names we feel will be good as siblings to a James, (May and Wanda).

Carla jemma Says:


Popular middle name I like this as a middle name for my first baby boy

josephinedagnall Says:


I have loved this name since I was seven years old, and would use it in the first name spot if it weren't my cousin's name. As things stand, I think it will have to be a middle name at most, which is a shame because I love it so much!

Lilly Bobby57 Says:


Hi:) Anyone heard of the variation, St. James? (Given name)

galaxywasted Says:


This is my son’s first name, picked out by my husband. It took a while to grow on me as a first name but now I can’t picture him being named anything else and I think it balances out with the rest of our names nicely.

BayleighWelch23 Says:


Its my brother's name, so yeah i have plenty of references! I still love it, i'm thinking of using it as a middle name for one of son's in the future, to honor my brother and James Carstairs. But definitely not as a first name, WAY too popular for that!

BayleighWelch23 Says:


This is my little brother's name, he goes by Jamie. I think it really fits his personality. My other brother's name is Arthur. I'm a HUGE Cassandra Clare fan, i have read every Shadowhunter Chronicles book. So James Carstairs and Herondale and Uncle Arthur Blackthorn, ummm yes. So yeah, my brothers' names are James and Arthur, thanks mom and dad for the reference.

Alaina Says:


I used to love this name when I was little. But now it's not really growing on me that much anymore.

NameLover 11 Says:


this name is very handsome. VERY popular though.

Sillysarahlily Says:


When I was younger this was my favourite name but now I'd use it more as a middle name

Thepandaprincess223 Says:


I think this is quite a regal name

Jazzy7 Says:


I like this as a middle name.

NykkiJo Says:


Definitely masculine and still lovely to sing. I hope this name never falls out of popularity.

shelbynh Says:


I don't care how popular this name is. You can't go wrong with it!

Leah3456 Says:


This name embodies royalty and strength in one syllable. Love it!

Kierce Says:


I named my fear this name (I just feel like James fits fear... No offence to the people who are named James)

Guest Says:


This seems to be the go to middle for boys which is a good and bad thing. James balances out big names (hey that rhymes! 😜). I think the name is strong yet kinda boring though. It's so dang common. I'm liking Santiago so much lately.

Addie88 Says:


This used to be my number one option for a boy. Now, I think I like John more, given the choice between the two.

jasminegarden Says:


I really like this name but it's unlikely that I'd use it because it's just too common

TheClockworkPrincess Says:


This is my brother's middle name. I think it is a wonderful name, just VERY popular. But again I can't hear this name without thinking of both Harry Potter, and the Infernal Devices!

Annita Says:


The Portuguese form for James is: Thiago or Tiago.