Jamie is originally a Scottish form of James, a variant of the biblical name Jacob, which is of Hebrew origin. Since the late 19th century it has also been used as a feminine name.
What does the name Jamie mean?
Jamie originally means “may God protect”. Besides, Jamie means “holder of the heel” (from Hebrew “‘akév/עָקֵב” = heel) or “supplanter” (from Hebrew “‘akáv/עָקַב” = to follow/to supplant), because Jacob was born grasping the heel of his first born twin brother Esau and he bought his birthright to supplant him.
Variants of the name Jamie
Jamie is a unisex name in the English language area, thus can be assigned to both sexes. In addition to the common spelling Jamie, there are also the variants Jaimy, Jaime, Jamy and Jami. For a short name like Jamie, a nickname is rather unnecessary. However, if you want to make your child’s gender clear through the first name, you can opt for a middle or double name. For girls, Jamie Charlotte, Jamie-Violet, Jamie Alice, Jamie-Lilian and Jamie Sophia are good options. For boys, Jamie Joshua, Jamie-Noah, Jamie Alexander, Jamie-Benjamin, Jamie Caleb or Jamie Ryan can be given.
Famous name bearers with the name Jamie
Because Jamie is a popular given name in the English speaking world, there are many famous people who bear this name. One of them is Jamie Lee Curtis (born 1958), a successful American actress who became famous for the independent horror film “Halloween” (1978). She also starred in other Halloween movies and spin-offs. Jamie Lee is mainly seen in comedies, including “Freaky Friday” (2003) and “True Lies” (1994). She received a lifetime achievement award at the 78th Venice Film Festival.
Born in 1967, actor Jamie Foxx‘s real name is Eric Marlon Bishop. Jamie is known for his stand-up comedy and his roles in successful films such as Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” (2012) and the “Spider-Man” films (2014 and 2021).
Another actor is Irishman Jamie Dornan. Born in Northern Ireland in 1982, Jamie began his career as a model, working for brands such as Hugo Boss, Dior Homme and Calvin Klein. He became known worldwide for his role as Christian Grey in the trilogy “50 Shades of Grey” (2015 - 2017).
A female Jamie is Jamie Lynn Spears (born 1991), the younger sister of pop singer Britney Spears. From 2005 to 2008, Jamie Lynn appeared in the teen series “Zoey 101”, but the series was canceled after the publication of Jamie Lynn’s pregnancy. She now has two daughters.
The well-known British television chef Jamie Oliver also goes by the name of Jamie. Born in 1975, the chef specializes in British and Italian cuisine. He became known on TV through his cooking show “The Naked Chef” (1999 - 2001). In addition, Jamie is committed to improving school food for British students.
Jamie Campbell Bower (born 1988) is a British actor and musician. He is known for his roles in Twilight Saga (2011 and 2012), “Fantastic Beasts” (2018), and the Netflix series “Stranger Things” (2022). From 2015 to 2020 he was the lead singer of the London punk rock band “Counterfeit”.