Jem - boys name

Jem name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 48%

Jem name meaning:

The name Jem is a variant of the name James, which originates from the Hebrew name "Yaakov" meaning "supplanter" or "one who replaces." Jem is a more modern and often shortened version of James, carrying a similar meaning.

Jem is a name with a strong and masculine sound. It is often associated with qualities such as strength, power, and leadership. People with the name Jem are often seen as determined and confident individuals who are not afraid to take charge and make decisions. They have an innate ability to inspire and motivate others, making them natural leaders.

In addition to its meaning, the name Jem is also known for its literary connection. One notable character with this name is Jem Finch from Harper Lee's classic novel, "To Kill a Mockingbird." Jem is portrayed as a courageous and compassionate young boy who learns important life lessons about justice and equality. This association adds depth and significance to the name Jem, highlighting its potential to represent integrity and empathy.

Origin: English

Supplant, replace. Variant of Jacob derived from the Latin Jacomus.


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Related names

Jacob , Anschel, Anshel, Anshil, Ashu, Hamish , Jacobina, Jacquelin, Jacquelyn, Jacquetta.-Jacquet, Jake , Jakob , Jamesina, Jameson , Jamieson, Jayme , Jaymes, Jeb, Jem , Jemmy, Jimmie , Jock, Rachael , Yacoub , Jago

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Overall UK ranking: 2493 out of 4789

8 recorded births last year

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Historical popularity of Jem

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