Name James Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name James


James is a ♂ boy’s name.

What is the origin of the name James?

James is an English and Old French form of the biblical name Jacob, which is of Hebrew origin. The spelling of James derived from the Latin variant Iacobus and the Late Latin form Iacomus.

What does the name James mean?

The meaning of James is “may God protect”. Besides, James means “holder of the heel” (from Hebrew “‘akév/עָקֵב” = heel) or “supplanter” (from Hebrew “‘akáv/עָקַב” = to follow/to supplant), because he was born grasping the heel of his first born twin brother Esau and he bought his birthright to supplant him.

Pronunciation of James

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Popularity of the name James

The name James is ranked #364 overall.

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