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PronouncedPron.JAYMZ English

Meaning & History

English form of the Late Latin name Iacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος (Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov (see JACOB). This was the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the Greater, the apostle John's brother, who was beheaded under Herod Agrippa in the Book of Acts. The second was James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Another James (known as James the Just) is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus.

Since the 13th century this name has been used in England, though it became more common in Scotland where it was borne by several kings. In the 17th century the Scottish king James VI inherited the English throne, becoming the first ruler of all Britain, and the name grew much more popular. Famous bearers include the English explorer Captain James Cook (1728-1779), the Scottish inventor James Watt (1736-1819), and the Irish novelist and poet James Joyce (1882-1941). This name has also been borne by six American presidents. A notable fictional bearer is the British spy James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming.
VariantJaymes English
DiminutivesJamey, Jay, Jem, Jemmy, Jim, Jimi, Jimmie, Jimmy, Jae English
Feminine FormsJacklyn, Jaclyn, Jacqueline, Jacquelyn, Jaqueline, Jaye English
Other Languages & CulturesYakub, Yaqoob, Yaqub Arabic Hagop, Hakob Armenian Jakes Basque Iakobos Biblical Greek Yaakov Biblical Hebrew Iacobus Biblical Latin Yakov Bulgarian Jaume, Jaumet Catalan Jago Cornish Jakov, Jakša Croatian Jakub Czech Jacob, Jakob, Ib, Jeppe Danish Jacob, Jacobus, Jakob, Sjaak, Cobus, Coos, Jaap, Kobe, Kobus, Koos, Sjakie Dutch Jaagup, Jaak, Jaakob Estonian Jákup Faroese Jaakko, Jaakob, Jaakoppi, Jaska Finnish Jaak Flemish Jacques, Jacky French Japik Frisian Iago, Xacobe, Xaime Galician Iakob, Koba Georgian Jakob, Jockel German Iakovos Greek Yakubu Hausa Iakopa, Kimo Hawaiian Yaakov, Yakov, Akiba, Akiva Hebrew Jakab, Jákob Hungarian Jakob Icelandic Séamus, Shamus, Sheamus, Séamas Irish Giacomo, Iacopo, Jacopo, Giacobbe, Lapo Italian Jacob Jewish Iacomus, Jacobus Late Roman Jokūbas Lithuanian Jakov Macedonian Hemi Maori Jacob, Jakob Norwegian Jakub, Kuba Polish Iago, Jaime, Jacó Portuguese Iacob Romanian Yakov, Yasha Russian Seumas, Jamie Scottish Jakov, Jakša Serbian Jakub Slovak Jakob, Jaka, Jaša Slovene Jacobo, Jaime, Yago Spanish Jacob, Jakob Swedish Yakup Turkish Yakiv Ukrainian Iago Welsh Kapel, Koppel, Yankel Yiddish


Saint James the Greater by Rembrandt (1661)Saint James the Greater by Rembrandt (1661)


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