801 Baby Names That Start With J (with Meanings and Popularity)

801 Baby Names That Start With J (with Meanings and Popularity)

Baby names that start with J are some of the most beloved, particularly for boys. J is the most popular letter for boy names and the second most common letter for names overall.

J names for boys are led in the US by James, a classic name with ties to English royals, US presidents, and biblical characters. Along with James, other boy names starting with J in the US Top 200 include Jacob, Jackson, John, Julian, Jude, Jasper, and Jameson.

Ever since the fall of Jennifer and Jessica, J names are much less common for girls, but vintage revival Josephine leads the pack. Along with Josephine, other girl names beginning with J in the US Top 200 include Julia, Jade, Juniper, Jasmine, and Juliette.

Following in the footsteps of Josephine, other sweetly old-fashioned J names for girls are making their way up the charts, including Jane, June, and Josie, which can be used as a nickname for Josephine. For boys, we’ve seen more interest in the rare surname name Jones ever since football star Tony Romo used it for his son.

Some unique J names we recommend include Jago, Jules, Jericho, Jessamy, and Juno.

Here, our full selection of names that start with J, ordered by their current popularity on Nameberry.

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  1. Jude
    • Origin:

      Latin diminutive of Judah
    • Meaning:

      "praised"
  2. James
    • Origin:

      English variation of Jacob, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "supplanter"
  3. Jasper
    • Origin:

      Persian
    • Meaning:

      "bringer of treasure"
  4. Josephine
    • Origin:

      French feminine variation of Joseph
    • Meaning:

      "Jehovah increases"
  5. Juniper
    • Origin:

      Latin tree name
    • Meaning:

      "young"
  6. Julian
    • Origin:

      English from Latin, variation of Julius
    • Meaning:

      "youthful, downy-bearded, or sky father"
  7. Jack
    • Origin:

      English, diminutive of John
    • Meaning:

      "God is gracious"
  8. Jane
    • Origin:

      English
    • Meaning:

      "God is gracious"
  9. June
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "young"
  10. Juno
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "queen of the heavens"
  11. Jonah
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "dove"
  12. John
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "God is gracious"
  13. Juliet
    • Origin:

      English from Latin
    • Meaning:

      "youthful or sky father"
  14. Julia
    • Origin:

      Latin
    • Meaning:

      "youthful or sky father"
  15. Jesse
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "gift"
  16. Joseph
    • Origin:

      Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "Jehovah increases"
  17. Jace
    • Origin:

      Hebrew, diminutive of Jason
    • Meaning:

      "the Lord is salvation"
  18. Jade
    • Origin:

      Spanish
    • Meaning:

      "stone of the side"
  19. Jett
    • Origin:

      Mineral or word name
  20. Jayden
    • Origin:

      Variation of Jaden or Jadon, Hebrew
    • Meaning:

      "thankful"