[ 1 syll. ja-mes, jam-es ] The baby boy name James is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced in English as JHEYMZ †. James is an English and Hebrew name of Hebrew origin.
In addition, James is an English variant of the name Jacob (Dutch, English, German, and Scandinavian).
The name Jamie (English) is the female equivalent of James.
James is a widely used name; it has 76 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Jacques (also used in Dutch and French), Jaem, Jaemes, Jago, Jaim, Jaime (also used in Portuguese and Spanish), Jaimes, Jame, Jamese, Jamesen, Jamesie, Jameson, Jamesy, Jamez, Jameze, Jamies, Jamisen, Jamison, Jamse, Jamsie, Jamyes, Jamze, Jasha, Jaym, Jaymes, Jaymz, Jecis, Jemes, Jiminy, and Jimm. Other English variants include the short form Jay, and the diminutive forms Jaimey, Jaimie, Jamey, Jamie (also used in Scottish), Jas, Jaymie, Jem, Jemmy, Jim (also used in Dutch), Jimbo, Jimmie, and Jimmy.
Foreign variants of James include Chago (Spanish), Chango (Spanish), Chanti (Spanish), Diago (Portuguese), Diego (Italian and Spanish), Diogo (Portuguese), Giacomo (Italian), Giamo (Italian), Hagop (Armenian), Hamish (Scottish), Hemi (Maori), Iago (Italian, Spanish, and Welsh), Jaco (Portuguese), Jagu (Breton), Jaimito (Spanish), Jakome (Basque), Jascha (Russian), Jaume (Catalan), Jayme (Portuguese and Spanish), Kimo (Hawaiian), Santiago (Spanish), Seamus (Irish and Scottish), Seumas (Irish and Scottish), Shay (Irish), Simidh (Gaelic), Tiago (Portuguese and Spanish), and Yago (Spanish).
See also the related category hebrew.
James is very popular as a baby name for boys, and it is also considered fairly trendy. Its usage peaked in 1944 with 5.539% of baby boys being given the name James. It ranked at #1 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2018, its usage was 0.701% and its ranking #4, enjoying a minor resurgence in the recent decade. Among all boy names in its group, James was the most popular. In 2018, 15% more boys were named James than the next most popular name, Jacob. James has in the past century been mostly given to baby boys. In 1989, the name James was given to 177 times as many baby boys than girls.
† Pronunciation for James: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; M as in "me (M.IY)" ; Z as in "zoo (Z.UW)"
Details of famous persons named James:
Actor James Caan, born 26 March 1940, The Bronx, New York.
Actor James Cagney, born James Francis Cagney, Jr., 17 July 1899 - 30 March 1986, New York, New York.
Actor James Coburn, born 31 August 1928 - 18 November 2002, Laurel, Nebraska.
Actor James Cromwell, born 27 January 1940, Los Angeles, California.
Actor James Darren, born James William Ercolani, 8 June 1936, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Actor James Dean, born 8 February 1931 - 30 September 1955, Marion, Indiana.
Actor James Doohan, born 3 March 1920 - 20 July 2005, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Actor James Franco, born 19 April 1978, Palo Alto, California.
Actor James Gandolfini, born 18 September 1961, Westwood, New Jersey.
Actor James Garner, born James Bumgarner, 7 April 1928, Norman, Oklahoma.