Baby Name Jack: Hitting the jackpot

You’re considering the name Jack. You like it because it’s less formal than John, less trendy than Jackson. It has a nickname feel, yet stands solidly on its own, a diminutive that has become a classic in itself. And because a Jack can be anything.
But which kind of anything would your Jack be? There are so many conceivable role models he might follow, good and not-quite-so-good. Here are some of the many possibilities, both real and fictional and how he might turn out if he followed their lead.


Jack Kennedy

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He could be President of the United States! He could create a twenty-first century Camelot! Charming and charismatic, he could be a war hero, a Pulitzer Prize winner, meet innumerable national and international challenges, and marry a chic and cultured woman with a French name.

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clairels Says:

October 11th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Several years ago, I decided that my firstborn son will be named Jack no matter what. Needless to say, I love this post!

amandaberry Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 12:57 am

Love this! Like the pp I have known for years that our first son will be named Jack after my favorite male family member, great name. I’ve been sad to see it getting so much attention, but I still love this post. 🙂

kyemsma Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 7:41 am

I love the name Jack! It is definitely one of the most handsome boys’ names, and you can pair it with almost any middle name:
Jack Andrew, Jack Donovan, Jack Samuel, Jack Matthew, Jack Sullivan, to name a few…

roselang Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 8:04 am

And then there’s Jack the Ripper. They can’t all be good ones… (But I still love the name)!

southernbellewv Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 8:44 am

Jack Dempsey is my I-don’t-know-how-many great’s uncle. I was going to use the name to honor him. lol. Irony is so ironic…

mermuse Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 9:15 am

I really liked the way you did today’s post! I hope to see more like this in the future with classic names (William, Elizabeth, Mary, etc.)

Saracita00 Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 9:30 am

Cute and entertaining. I enjoyed this one! @roselang: LOL

linda Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 10:06 am

Thanks, mermuse– I will do some more in the future–it certainly was fun to write!

jjustice5710 Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 3:41 pm

my son’s name. love it!

Sassy Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I’m obviously in the minority but I don’t get it. This name does nothing for me and never has. I don’t understand the appeal. I have 2 friends who have named their sons Jack and they are great kids but it doesn’t make me like the name any more.

Reubsmum77 Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I don’t get it either but I think it’s because I’m so tired of it…I know so many Jacks.
In one class I taught there were 4 Jacks. One of the parents tried to be different and spelled it Jak!

Mara_lyn86 Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 7:20 pm

There is also Jack McFarland from the show Will and Grace. He was funny.

Anyway Jack is a cute, upbeat name. Nice post.

rollo Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 7:25 pm

When I heard of a baby being named Jack in the 1950’s I thought it was an extremely old fashioned choice but now I think it is streets ahead of that 1950’s Jack’s biological brother named Jeffrey which was the trendy name then.

How we change from era to era. I wonder what will be the next “IT” name??

MaryB Says:

October 12th, 2012 at 8:20 pm

Of all these examples how many of these men were actually born “Jack”?
Jack Kennendy (JFK)-born John
Jack Kerouac- born Jean-Louis
Jack Black – born Thomas Black
Jack Sparrow – fictional character
Jack Nicholson – born John Joseph
Jack Lemmon – born John Uhler Lemmon III
Jack Ryan – fictional character born John Patrick Ryan
Jack White – born John Anthony Gillis (he took his wife’s surname)
Jack Dempsey – born William Harrison Dempsey
Jack Dawson – fictional character
Jack Sprat & Smilin Jack- fictional characters.
None of the ‘real men’ had Jack as a given name. In each case it was a nickname or in the case of Jack Kerouac an americanization (he has french-canadian roots).

skizzo Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 12:13 am

Probably my most hated name ever. Plus it means to masturbate, which should be a stop sign to any parent.

jjustice5710 Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 6:20 am

@skizzo. wow.

Lizziesilva7 Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 8:54 am

I named my son Jack. Jack is actually his given name which I like a lot better than the other options like John, etc. My Jack is named after his great grandfather who was very dear to the family. The name Jack is vey handsome, masucline and ages well. As a boy, this name is cool, confident and has somewhat of a vintage feel while still fresh and stylish. I am super bummed this name is gaining in popularity, but I expected it because its such an awesome name. I also love: Wyatt, Weston, Crosby and Wescott.

WrenMaple Says:

October 13th, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Love this fun post! I think thats the type.of.feedback were.hoping for.when asking about a name. I named my son Jasper “Jack” and he sure is Smilin Jack all the way, though i hope he.will have some Jack Dawson qualities when ge gets older as well 🙂

wombat50 Says:

November 18th, 2012 at 8:23 am

As has been pointed out here,Jack is almost always a nickname,and I think a great one, but I would not reccomend a nickname used as a “given”, formal name.Nicknames are usually shortend versions of the formal name, which always made me wonder why “John”needed to become “Jack”, both four letters long, as in the case of JFK. Maybe it’s that “John” is as colorless as they come, but Jack is a real character,usually a good guy but also a wise guy, always up to something,will make you laugh,very upbeat, and never the most serious guy in the room, the way John easily could be.

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