James - boys name

James name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 99%

James name meaning:

The name James is derived from the Hebrew name "Ya'aqov" or "Yaakov," meaning "supplanter" or "one who follows." It has biblical origins and is associated with the famous Biblical figure James, the son of Zebedee and one of the Twelve Apostles. The name James has deep historical and cultural significance, and it has been popular for centuries.

Boys named James are often described as strong, confident, and determined individuals. They have a natural inclination towards leadership and are known for their assertiveness and ambition. James is a timeless and classic name that has stood the test of time and continues to be widely used. It has a sense of tradition and carries a sense of importance and authority.

In conclusion, the name James holds a rich history and conveys qualities of strength, confidence, and leadership. Parents who choose this name for their son may be looking to instill these qualities or pay homage to its biblical origins. James is a popular choice for boys, and it remains a name that is both timeless and powerful.

Origin: Hebrew

One who supplants.


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James , Dymtrus, Hagop, Hamish , Jaime , Jaimee , Jaimelynn, Jaimi, Jakome, Jamee, Jamese, Jamesina, Jamey, Jamia, Jamielee, Jamilyn, Jaymee, Jaymie, Jim , Jimmy , Kimo, Seamus , Shamus, Jammes

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Overall UK ranking: 30 out of 4789

1772 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of James

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