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Gender: Male Meaning of Jim: "supplanter" Origin of Jim: English, diminutive of James

The name Jim is a boy's name of English origin meaning "supplanter". Jim and is often added to lists like Popular English Boys' Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Name Association Game".

From the experts:

Peaked in the 1940s, but still an amiable classic, a la Joe and Tom -- though rarely used on its own.

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Famous People Named Jim

James Francis "Jim" Thorpe, American Olympic athlete and football player
James Robert "Jim" Davis, American creator of Garfield comic strip
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons, American actor
James Douglas "Jim" Morrison, lead singer of American band The Doors
James Anthony "Jim" Sturgess, English actor
James Joseph "Jim" Harbaugh, American football coach
James Eugene "Jim" Carrey, Canadian actor
James Maury "Jim" Henson, American creator of The Muppets
James Adam "Jim" Belushi, American actor
James Joseph "Jim" Norton, American comedian
James Howard "Jim" Thome, American baseball player
James Alfred "Jim" Chapman, English YouTube personality
James "Jim" Rash, American actor
James Orsen "Jim" Bakker, American televangelist
James McLeish "Jim" Reid, lead singer of American band The Jesus and Mary Chain
James Robert "Jim Bob" Duggar, American reality TV personality of "19 Kids and Counting"
James Edward "Jim" Carter, English actor
Jim Rose, founder of the Jim Rose Circus
James Francis "Jim" Cameron, Canadian filmmaker, director, and producer
Abilio James "Jim" Acosta, respected American news journalist, Chief White House Correspondent for CNN

Pop Culture References for the name Jim

James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk, character in the Star Trek series
James "Jim" Halpert, character on TV's "The Office"
James "Jim" Brass, character on TV's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"
Jim McConnell, character in film "Mission to Mars"
Jim, character in Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn"
James "Jim" Hawkins, a main character in R.L. Stevenson's "Treasure Island"
Jim, minor character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Jim Friedman, character from the movie "Blended"
Jim Hudson, character from TV series "Revolution"
Jim and the Povolos, American band
Jim, character from "A Single Man"
Jim Hopper, character on TV's "Stranger Things"
Jim Raynor, character from the StarCraft series
James "Jim" Lake, Jr., main character in the Netflix series "Trollhunters"
Jim Pickens, a reoccurring character on the YouTube channel CallMeKevin

Jimmey, Jimmie, Jimi, Jimm, Jimson, Jimmy, Jimbo, Jimmee


JimMcMoore Says:


My real name is James, but I far prefer Jim. I try to get people to call me Jim, but no one else seems to like it, but I know one thing, I absolutely despise the name Jimmy, I don't know, maybe it because I knew a Jimmy in elementary school and he thought he was better than everyone just because he was rich and his dad a job as an ophthalmologist.

ListenUpButtercup Says:


I like it. I think of a kindhearted, hard working man. Jim is short and sweet and I'll definently consider it.