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UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.JAK
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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-).
VariantJake
DiminutiveJackie
Other Languages & CulturesDeshaun, Deshawn, Keshaun, Keshawn, Rashawn African American Gjon Albanian Yohannes Amharic Yahya, Yuhanna Arabic Hovhannes Armenian Xuan Asturian Ganix, Ion, Jon, Iban Basque Ivan Belarusian Jehohanan, Johanan, John Biblical Ioannes Biblical Greek Yehochanan, Yochanan Biblical Hebrew Iohannes Biblical Latin Yann Breton Ioan, Ivan, Yoan Bulgarian Joan, Jan Catalan Jowan Cornish Ghjuvan, Ghjuvanni Corsican Ivan Croatian Ivan, Jan Czech Ivan, Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon Danish Jan, Johan, Johannes Dutch Johano Esperanto Jaan, Johannes, Juhan Estonian Jóannes, Jóhannes, Jón Faroese Jani, Janne, Johannes, Joni, Jouni, Juhana, Juhani Finnish Jean, Yann, Yoan, Yoann, Jeannot French Xoán Galician Ioane, Ivane Georgian Jan, Johann, Johannes German Giannis, Ioannis, Yannis, Yiannis Greek Keoni Hawaiian Yochanan Hebrew Iván, János Hungarian Jóhann, Jóhannes, Jón Icelandic Yohanes Indonesian Eoin, Seán, Sean, Shane Irish Giovanni, Ivan, Ivano Italian Johannes, Joannes Late Roman Jānis Latvian Sjang, Sjeng Limburgish Jonas Lithuanian Ivan, Jovan Macedonian Ean, Juan Manx Hann, Jackin, Jan, Jankin, Jon Medieval English Jehan Medieval French Ivan, Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon, Jone Norwegian Joan Occitan Yahya Persian Iwan, Jan, Janusz Polish João Portuguese Ioan, Ion Romanian Ioann, Ivan Russian Juhán Sami Giuanne, Juanne Sardinian Eoin, Iain, Ian, Jock, Seoc, Jockie, Jocky Scottish Ivan, Jovan Serbian Ivan, Ján Slovak Ivan, Jan, Janez, Žan, Anže Slovene Jan Sorbian Iván, Juan Spanish Ivan, Jan, Jens, Johan, Johannes, Jon Swedish Yahya Turkish Ivan Ukrainian Evan, Iefan, Ieuan, Ifan, Ioan, Iwan, Siôn Welsh

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Depiction of Jack and the Bean Stalk by Walter Crane (1875)Depiction of Jack and the Bean Stalk by Walter Crane (1875)

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