[ 1 syll. ji(m), jim- ] The baby boy name Jim is pronounced as JHihM †. Jim is used chiefly in English and Dutch. It is derived from Hebrew origins. Jim was a medieval diminutive of James. It was adopted generally by English speakers from the mid-19th century, possibly made known by the character Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (1883), the adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson.
In addition, Jim is a variant of the name Jacob (Dutch, English, German, and Scandinavian) in the English language.
Jim is also a diminutive of the name James (English and Hebrew) in the Dutch and English languages.
Jaap (Dutch), Jim Bob (English), Jimi (English), Jimm, Jimmee, Jimmey, Jimmi, Jym, and Jymm are variants of Jim. Variant forms share the origin and meaning of Jim. The diminutives Jimbo (English), Jimmie (English), and Jimmy (English) are other variants of the name.
Jim is unusual as a baby boy name. Its usage peaked in 1944 with 0.270% of baby boys being named Jim. It had a ranking of #68 then. The baby name has experienced a marked fall in popularity since then, and is today of very modest use. Among the family of boy names directly related to Jim, Jacob was the most commonly used in 2012.
† Pronunciation for Jim: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Jim:
Actor Jim Carrey, born 17 January 1962, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.
Actor Jim Caviezel, born 26 September 1968, Mt. Vernon, Washington.
Athlete Jim Thorpe, born 28 May 1887 - 28 March 1953.
Baseball Player Jim Bouton, born 8 March 1939, Newark, New Jersey.
Baseball Player Jim Morris, born 19 January 1964, Brownwood, Texas.
Car Racer Jim Clark, born 4 March 1936 - 7 April 1968, Fife, Scotland.
Comedian Jim Davidson, born 13 December 1953, Kidbrooke, London, England.
Evangelist Jim Bakker, born 2 January 1940, Muskegon, Michigan.
Puppeteer Jim Henson, born 24 September 1936 - 16 May 1990, Greenville, Mississippi.
Religious Figure Jim Jones, born 13 May 1931 - 18 November 1978, Crete, Indiana.