JACK
GENDER: Masculine
USAGE: English
PRONOUNCED: JAK   [key]
Meaning & History
Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of JOHN. It is often regarded as an independent name. During the Middle Ages it was very common, and it became a slang word meaning "man". It was frequently used in fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as 'Jack and the Beanstalk', 'Little Jack Horner', and 'Jack Sprat'. American writers Jack London (1876-1916) and Jack Kerouac (1922-1969) were two famous bearers of this name. It is also borne by American actor Jack Nicholson (1937-).
Related Names
VARIANT: Jake
DIMINUTIVE: Jackie
OTHER LANGUAGES: Gjon (Albanian), Yahya (Arabic), Hovhannes (Armenian), Ganix, Ion, Jon (Basque), Yan (Belarusian), John (Biblical), Ioannes (Biblical Greek), Yehochanan, Yochanan (Biblical Hebrew), Iohannes (Biblical Latin), Yann (Breton), Ioan, Ivan, Yan, Yoan (Bulgarian), Joan, Jan (Catalan), Jowan (Cornish), Ghjuvan (Corsican), Ivan (Croatian), Ivan, Jan, Johan (Czech), Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon (Danish), Jan, Johan, Johannes (Dutch), Johano (Esperanto), Jaan, Johannes, Juhan (Estonian), Jani, Janne, Johannes, Joni, Jouni, Juhana, Juhani (Finnish), Jean, Yann, Jeannot (French), Xoán (Galician), Ioane, Ivane (Georgian), Jan, Johann, Johannes (German), Gianni, Giannis, Ioannis, Yanni, Yannis, Yianni, Yiannis (Greek), Keoni (Hawaiian), Yochanan (Hebrew), János (Hungarian), Jóhann, Jóhannes, Jón (Icelandic), Eoin, Sean, Seán, Shane (Irish), Giovanni, Ivano (Italian), Johannes, Joannes (Late Roman), Jānis (Latvian), Sjang, Sjeng (Limburgish), Jonas (Lithuanian), Johan (Low German), Ivan, Jovan (Macedonian), Ean, Juan (Manx), Hann, Jackin, Jan, Jon, Jankin (Medieval English), Jehan (Medieval French), Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon (Norwegian), Joan (Occitan), Yahya (Persian), Iwan, Jan, Janusz (Polish), João (Portuguese), Ioan, Ion (Romanian), Ioann, Ivan (Russian), Juhán (Sami), Eoin, Iain, Ian, Jock, Seoc, Jockie, Jocky (Scottish), Ivan, Jovan (Serbian), Ján (Slovak), Ivan, Jan, Janez, Žan, Anže (Slovene), Iván, Juan, Xuan (Spanish), Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon (Swedish), Yahya (Turkish), Ivan (Ukrainian), Evan, Iefan, Ieuan, Ifan, Ioan, Iwan, Siôn (Welsh)
Popularity
United States  ranked #40 
England/Wales  ranked #3 
Canada (BC)  ranked #10 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #5 
Ireland  ranked #1 
Netherlands  ranked #62 
New Zealand  ranked #2 
Northern Ireland  ranked #1 
Scotland  ranked #1 
Sweden  ranked #48