From the experts:
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 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. 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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