The James Gang
James’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but among them are being voted America’s favorite boys’ name, belonging to more US presidents than any other (6). It’s been a British royal name since the 15th century, was the Number 1 name in America for 13 straight years and is still in the top 10 in the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland.
- James’s accomplishments are too numerous to mention, but among them are being voted America’s favorite boys’ name, belonging to more US presidents than any other (6). It’s been a British royal name since the 15th century, was the Number 1 name in America for 13 straight years and is still in the top 10 in the US, UK, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand and Scotland." >
- Jim, though few have the name on their birth certificate—Jims Henson, Carrey, Morrison, Jarmusch and Parsons, to name a few—as well as fictional Jims in Huckleberry Finn, Kingsley Amis’s Lucky Jim and Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim. Jim was a Top 100 name in the 1900s, the 30s and 40s, and briefly in the 60s." >
- Fallon, both of them named after their fathers James. Since so many baby James are called by their full name these days, Jimmy begins to sound like a quirky relic." >
- Jimbo Fisher (a junior), Jimbo is the nickname of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, and there have been Jimbos on The Rockford Files, The Simpsons and South Park." >
- Jamie had an impressive run as an independent name for both boys and girls in the 70s and 80s. Among its current prominent bearers are Jamies Foxx, Oliver, Cullum and Dornan. The Game of Thrones character spells his name Jaime, pronounced like Jamie but also the way you spell the Spanish form of the name, pronounced hy-mee." >
- Diego, was borne by two great painters- Velãsquez and Rivera, and is now represented by the equally dashing Diego Luna, about to be featured in the upcoming Star Wars movie." >
- James, with more substance and verve than cousin Sean, became familiar via acclaimed Irish poet Seamus Heaney, as well as Harry Potter’s wizard friend Seamus Finnigan. It joined the US popularity ranks in 1995." >
- James and Jacob is an evergreen French classic, familiar to American kids via the song ‘Frere Jacques.’ Often used as a snooty character name in animated films, it had a brief moment of US popularity around 1970." >
- James has a long and noble heritage, ranging from opera composer Puccini to ladies’ man Casanova to poet Leopardi. Still a Top 20 name in its native land, it has never ranked here. Sting is one non-Italian who used it for his son." >
- James (and a Yiddish word for homey) that has never found its footing here, but we think it would make a fabulous choice for parents with Scottish roots. It’s the middle name of Craig Ferguson’s son and of Sherlock Holmes’s Watson, and a current bearer is versatile actor Hamish Linklater." >
- Saint Diego is widely used in the Latino community, now ranking at Number 225 in the US. It has also been the protagonist of several major literary works, from Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea to Garcia Marquez’s Chronicle of a Death Foretold to Coehlo’s The Alchemist." >
- Jimi Hendrix, whose hip surname—along with other early rock greats Lennon and Jagger—has caught on with baby namers to the point of reaching Number 546. Jimi, on the other hand, has never reached the Top 1000." >
- Jeremy, but Jem is primarily an old-school nickname for James. And if so many of the novel’s names have caught on—Atticus, Scout, Harper—why not Jem, with its jewel-like sound?" >
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on July 10th, 2015 at 2:31 am
I LOVE the nickname Jem for a James, which is also a name I love in general. Santiago is also great.
on July 10th, 2015 at 7:06 am
I love love love Jem. I love it as a nickname. I love it on its own. I love it as a smoosh, a la Anne Shirley and her son James Matthew. Love it!
on July 10th, 2015 at 9:00 am
I love the name Jimmy! However, I don’t like James.
on July 10th, 2015 at 1:58 pm
There’s a typo at the top of the picture for Jacques…it’s missing its C.
on July 10th, 2015 at 4:42 pm
James is the only popular classic in my personal Top 10 list. I’ve always loved it. My favorite nicknames are Jem and Jamie. Jimmy is cute, and Jim is fine except that I know so many.
The international variants are handsome, too; I’m enjoying seeing more of Seamus in recent years. AND I just met a baby Hamish! The only name on this list I actually dislike is Jimbo. It would be cute on a baby, but beyond that–no thanks.
on July 10th, 2015 at 11:19 pm
James has been my favorite name for a boy for a long, long time. What’s not to like? I love the mid-century, All-American Jimmy, as the nickname. Jay is also another possibility, and hope it returns as a boy name. Jamie is too sixties, and ambi-gender. I also love the Irish Seamus.
on June 13th, 2016 at 11:00 am
I really love the name James. For a boy. And I really love the nn Jamie. Also for a boy. Seamus, Jimmy, Jem, Diego are handsome also. But I would never use the name James for a girl for the same reason that I wouldn’t name my daughter Craig or Douglas or Butch or Clyde or Garth….. Some boy’s names can cross over such as Harper and Ashley. But leave the traditional, standard boys names – Richard, James, William… alone. Just because some nitwit celebrities do something does not mean that it’s the right thing to do.
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