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From the Bible, the name James means "catcher of the heel."
Tweak  3/14/2005
Famous bearer is James Potter, Harry Potter's father.
― Anonymous User  3/18/2005
Also Harry Potter's middle name is James. Harry James Potter. After his father, of course.
jessica22  11/28/2005
A famous bearer of this name is American folk singer James Taylor.
Sedalyn  4/28/2005
Although his level of natural intellect augmentation may appear to be subordinate when judged against his surrounding associates, his level of common sense is of high ability and he finds it effortless to create companions. Although a minute amount aggravating at times, he is a true friend when thought upon.
warped bliss  6/12/2005
Succinct, pleasant and masculine, my boyfreind's name.
― Anonymous User  7/6/2005
James Joyce, author of Ulysess, was a famous bearer of this name.
doreenrugby  8/9/2005
Famous bearer: 1950's actor James Dean.
alexshmalex  8/18/2005
In a series of books for kids called The Stink Files, the main character is a Bengal cat named James Edward Bristlefur. The Stink Files are written by Jennifer L. Holm and Jonathan Hamel.
― Anonymous User  8/30/2005
James Ford was an American civic leader and business owner in southern Illinois at the turn of the 19th century. Despite his clean public image, he was also secretly a river pirate and the leader of a gang that would come to be known as "Ford's Ferry Gang". His gang was the river equivalent of highway robbers; they would hijack ferries and flatboats with tradable goods from local farms coming down the Ohio River. One nick-name he was given was "Satan's ferryman".

The real name of Sawyer from LOST is James Ford, somehow these two are connected.
MorganleFay  9/27/2005
James Bond, the British superspy shares the name. [noted -ed]
― Anonymous User  10/27/2005
James (Jamie) Denton (born January 20, 1963) is the name of the mysterious "plumber" Mike Delfino on the popular soap-dramedy "Desperate Housewives".
AndrewJKD  11/26/2005
The playwright James Matthew Barrie is well-remembered for his classic "Peter Pan."
― Anonymous User  12/3/2005
Daniel Radcliffe's middle name is JACOB. Harry Potter's middle name is JAMES and his father name is JAMES. JAMES and JACOB have the same root in Greek, Latin and Hebrew. This is very interesting. Also, my love's middle name is James and his father name's James. I love this name.
luna73  12/7/2005
My son James was named after my deceased father. Needless to say he is well loved by myself and my family (living and deceased - those are his angels).
mariah78  12/30/2005
A famous bearer of this name is author/playwright James Frey who is well known for the book "My Friend Leonard" and the book and film "A Million Little Pieces" which recall the time James spent as an alcoholic and drug addict and his time in rehab. "A Million Little Pieces" reached #1 on New York Times, USA TODAY, and Publishers Weekly book lists.
Sedalyn  1/2/2006
Although it's an old name, I wish people would stop calling their kids this. No kidding, I know at least nine James's. It's a cool name but give them a name that not everyone will have.
― Anonymous User  1/13/2006
James Augustine is on the Illini basketball team.
marissa_2005  1/14/2006
I really like the name because even though it is extremely popular it sounds very strong and I like it. My dad's name is James, but when he was a kid everyone called him Jimmy and now everyone calls him Jim.
BloodyRose  1/25/2006
I think James is a very sexy sounding name - you can't get any sexier than James Bond.
hana  1/27/2006
James Watt did not actually invent the steam engine - he merely innovated it enough to receive a patent and be credited as an inventor. He and his partner Matthew Boulton were granted the patent in 1775. The original steam engine was built in 1712 by Thomas Newcomen, decades before the birth of either man, although designs for the steam engine were present as early as 1663.
lone_dreamer  2/1/2006
The name James is way overused and really gross.
― Anonymous User  3/5/2006
A famous bearer of the name is singer/songwriter James Blunt.
― Anonymous User  3/6/2006
Another famous bearer was Sir James Douglas (the Black Douglas), who was one of Robert the Bruce's closest friends and supporters. Barbour's 'The Bruce' is about Robert the Bruce and James Douglas. After the Bruce died, James Douglas carried his heart on crusade.

It's one of my favourite male names.
alimorag  3/8/2006
James is the real name of actor Jim Carrey.
lindamaree  3/9/2006
It is my favorite boy's name, by far.
CoBy  3/16/2006
James sounds a very heavy name to me.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
Famous bearer is James Monroe, the 5th President of the United States.
― Anonymous User  3/26/2006
James McAvoy, who played Mr. Tumnus the faun in "The Chronicles of Narnia", is a famous bearer of this name. He also stars as Nicholas in the upcoming "The Last King of Scotland" in the UK.
― Anonymous User  3/30/2006
This the name of a character in my story. He has a middle name (which I won't say) but he is nicknamed "Jacey." He lives in a fictional seaside town during the Depression-Era in 1931. His age is 13 years old, such smart-aleck and a cynic (well, to put it nicely...he is cynical, intelligent, laconic, witty and somewhat sensible yet he needs to learn to grow up...complex isn't it?). I was inspired to name him this because James is a biblical name and means "held by the heel" and this James really is held by his heel because he won't try to grow up yet he acts too dull and mature and won't see past his nose. The only way he has grown up is by cynism, aloofness and arrogance, not by natural choice or real maturity. There was also a James in the New Testament who didn't believe in Christ (which explains the character's disbelief) but later on repented, in which the character does as well. My story also has many metaphors on this, too. Loosely, I fairly based some of his traits on the sneaky, know-it-all Edmund Pevensie from C.S Lewis' series: The Chronicles Of Narnia, but this character is obviously different in many ways yet I compared some similarities. Overall, James is a versatile name and I am proud to name my character this.
― Anonymous User  4/7/2006
Another famous bearer of is James Abbot MacNeill Whistler, who painted "Whistler's Mother".
Morsa  4/26/2006
Yes, the name James has been a popular name for generations but it is a timeless classic. I don't know of any in my kids' classes at school. I wouldn't shorten the name though, I would keep it as James. Jamie as a nickname isn't bad but not Jim or Jimmy or Jack.
― Anonymous User  4/26/2006
I think this makes a fine, respectable middle name, especially if it has familial significance, but as a first name I don't care for it much because of its unattractive nicknames.
Xandaerin  4/27/2006
Six famous bearers are presidents James Madison, James Monroe, James A. Garfield, James K. Polk, James "Jimmy" Carter, and James Buchanan.
CoBy  5/1/2006
I agree James is a timeless, classic name. But yes please just leave it as James, I dislike the nicknames Jimmy or Jim. Even Jamie sounds silly. I've also thought that if James has a second name such as say, Marcus or William then he go by "J.M" or "J.W" pronounced as the initials of the first name.
― Anonymous User  5/24/2006
James is a nice, timeless and classic name but not one of my favorites. It's ideal for a character. A nickname of my choice (that would be only sometimes) would be Jay which is ok for a nick.
― Anonymous User  6/1/2006
James is a wonderful name. Very masculine, but in a sophisticated rather than a 'macho' way. Reminds me of royalty. All voiced sounds and no plosives, smooth and soothing. Connotes a gentleman; a deep thinker, a man of perhaps a little mystery, whom a lover would need to pursue. It’s the only name I know of that sounds like a plural.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2006
It's such a cool name! I've decided to make it my future boy's name! All the James in my school are super cool, like James Bond, lol, and very nice, and some are really hot, LOL!
― Anonymous User  6/16/2006
I like this name! It sounds so high-class and cool, like James Bond, but to me its nicknames, Jim and Jimmy, kind of kill the feeling. Who thought of those nicknames?
― Anonymous User  6/16/2006
I prefer this as a girls' name.
― Anonymous User  6/27/2006
To the previous commenter who prefers this as a girl name: PLEASE! Let's leave some boy names their dignity by not giving them to girls! Especially classic names like James!
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
Two members of the alternative rock band, the Smashing Pumpkins, were named James: guitarist James Iha and drummer Jimmy Chamberlain.
Baraka  7/4/2006
James is an awesome name for a boy, I also would keep it as James, not Jim, Jimmy or Jack. I also like Jameson/Jamieson, Jamie isn't too bad while they are young.
― Anonymous User  7/14/2006
I don't think James is really all that common, at least not where I live. I only know one James under the age of twenty, and he's pretty cool. He has a horrible temper and gets in a lot of trouble, but I think he does care about people. I like this name, and not just because of him. James and Jacob are two of my favorite names for boys.
Nicola17  7/21/2006
Jimmy Page, the lead guitarist of Led Zeppelin, his real name was James Patrick Page.
pink_floyd_fan  7/23/2006
This is the first name of Commodore Norrington on Pirates of the Carribbean. I advise you with this name comes strong character and mysteriousness.
faith_ann16  7/26/2006
A famous bearer is James Earl Jones, who lent his amazing voice to Darth Vader in the Star Wars movies.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
I like Jim or Jimmy as nicknames for James, but Jamie sounds like a girl's name. Above all, I prefer the original, James.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2006
Not one kid in class is named James which sucks because I really like that name.
bumberry  9/8/2006
I hate this name! I don't know why. It goes with every name imaginable but I still don't like it. I know someone that isn't a nice person, that's probably why. I don't know, just don't like it. With a passion too!
― Anonymous User  9/14/2006
I love this name! I am so naming my kid James! Awesome name, go for gold!
― Anonymous User  9/14/2006
I really do love this name. In England, it's quite common, and yet I don't know many Jameses. It's a very strong name that should only be used with caution. I named my son this, and have every bit of confidence in him that he'll live up to it like his father.
october_bay  9/24/2006
Famous Jameses:
James Hetfield - Singer in Metallica
Ronnie James Dio - Singer (used to be in Rainbow and Black Sabbath)
Maynard James Keenan - Singer in Tool.
― Anonymous User  9/29/2006
James Marsters is Spike on Buffy - the most gorgeous guy ever.
cailleachaeryn  10/5/2006
Famous bearer: James Sunderland from the game "Silent Hill 2".
― Anonymous User  10/25/2006
This is my grandfather's name, and my uncle is named after him. Our family being Scottish, doesn't call my uncle Jimmy or Jim, we call him Jamie. It is also my middle name. I think it's a nice name and I think it really suits my grandfather well, it fits very nicely.
― Anonymous User  11/7/2006
I imagine someone named James as being uber-hot (tall, dark, and handsome), sweet, chill, and funny, and saying "dude" a lot. But, please, everyone, call him "James," not "Jamie" or "Jim" or any of those other tacky nicknames!
Eilicea  11/22/2006
There are authors named James Patterson, James Scott Bell and James Siegel.
― Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Two famous James Morrisons:
James "Jim" Morrison, lead singer of The Doors
James Morrison, British singer/songwriter
― Anonymous User  12/4/2006
Dumb. Too common.
Taydbug112  12/17/2006
I have two uncles on both sides with this name. I have a nephew with this name. Heck, I unfortunately have a niece with this name! I HATE this name. It's so common and has an ugly sound to it. If used as a middle name it sounds like a filler. If I HAD to name my son James I would find some sort of nickname to use, like Jaime. I absolutely hate the nickname Jim, Jimmy is okay. Jamieson is another example of a horrid name. DO NOT NAME YOUR SON (or daughter, which this shouldn't even be considered as a girls name) JAMES.
― Anonymous User  1/21/2007
According to the popularity chart, 1900-1989 there was some use of this name for girls.
― Anonymous User  1/27/2007
Famous bearer: General James Ewell Brown "Jeb", a Confederate Civil War calvary commander.
johnnyreb  2/1/2007
Famous bearer: Actor James Franco, who is most noted for his role as Harry Osborn in the Spider-man movies.
― Anonymous User  2/5/2007
The final and least famous presenter on Top Gear, James May. He's not that famous but he's really funny.
― Anonymous User  2/8/2007
James Brown, known as 'The Godfather of Soul'. He lived from May 3, 1933 to December 25, 2006.
bibi66  2/10/2007
Believe it or not, Paul Mcartney was a bearer of this name. Paul was only his middle name.
bookdiva  2/15/2007
The James form in Portuguese is Tiago.
dianab  3/20/2007
Great name. Common, but it has a lot of nicknames.
xKatiex  3/22/2007
This is my last name and I like it for a last name. James is a good name but I know that most people who have it as a first name don't like it much and usually end up using Jim.
alyse88  3/25/2007
The evil vampire from Stephenie Meyer's book Twilight is named James. Still, I love the name.
― Anonymous User  4/1/2007
I really like this name, but not so much the nicknames. I hate Jim, and Jamie seems sort of feminine now. The old "Jem(my)" is okay but too close to Jim, and too similar to feminine names like Gemma.
― Anonymous User  4/2/2007
James is a very common presidential name: James Madison, James Monroe, James Garfield, James Carter.
james.lorello  4/10/2007
Thomas Newcomen (1663-1729) first patented the steam engine, James Watt (1736-1819) just improved the design.
rojblake  4/16/2007
This name is very popular with my generation as I need three hands to name them all.
Luangi  4/21/2007
American James King is a female model and actress.
Laurea  5/17/2007
Hugh Laurie's real name is James. Also, Dr. James Wilson is the best friend of Dr. House on the show House.
Junee  6/10/2007
My name is James and I like it. I don't, however, like Jim, Jimmy, Jamison, or Jamieson (honestly, who thought of these names). The nickname Jamie is OK if it is applied to a small kid, but it doesn't really sound right to apply to someone over seven. It would never, ever work as a girl's name.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2007
I love this name, but I like it more as a middle name. It is so common now. James is a family name for me, so I plan on using it as a middle name for my future son. About the nicknames, the only one I care for is Jim. I guess it's because they called my uncle (who was named after his father) Jim and his son was called young Jim.
― Anonymous User  6/29/2007
I really like the name James, it's one of my first picks. But it is so popular in my family I might not use it just for that reason.
― Anonymous User  7/11/2007
I love this name because of the famous bearer James Morrison. All his songs are so nice and soothing.
― Anonymous User  7/12/2007
I know many people with the name James. They all either go by Jim or Jimmy. I love James as a middle name.
EgYpTiAn PrInCeSs  7/14/2007
Slight spoiler warning for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Harry and Ginny's first son is named James Potter in honor of his grandfather.
Nochenne  7/22/2007
Famous bearers:
Actor James Stewart (1908-1997)
Actor and dancer James Cagney (1899-1986)
BlueSomehow  8/6/2007
James Phelps plays Fred in the Harry Potter movies.
joanie2007  8/6/2007
Captain James T. Kirk of the ship Enterprise! :D (From Star Trek)
rv14142  8/15/2007
I adore James as a first or middle name. I would use Harry James as a combo, even though most people would think of Harry Potter.
Emma McHnery  8/16/2007
Do not name your girl James! This name is not feminine at all.
CharlieRob  8/19/2007
Spencer James Smith is Panic! At The Disco's drummer.
Ryx3  10/2/2007
I think this is an okay name, like, I have nothing against it, but it's so popular I think it's too boring.
dreamgirl54  11/9/2007
James is a strong, firm, but old name, I think of Bible James before I think of the twentieth century James! But some people pronounce it Ja mez, I don't know who, but I'm sure some one does!
littleengen2992  11/15/2007
James is an awesome name. There are a few people in my grade named James, but I think they go buy Jim or Jimmy.
― Anonymous User  11/25/2007
I love love love this name! It is so distinguished which is exactly what I look for in a name. It has always been popular, so my kid will have to share but in this case it is so worth it.
livieluvbug  12/6/2007
Famous bearer is grungey dirty-boy singer of heavy Metal band Metallica - James Hetfield.
― Anonymous User  12/9/2007
Actress Kassie Wesley and James DePaiva have a son James Quentin DePaiva.
Maggie_Simpson  12/20/2007
James Sirius Potter; the eldest son of Harry and Ginny Potter.
DontDissMadison  12/30/2007
Name of Jim Stark, the main character in the movie 'Rebel Without A Cause' and also of James Dean, the actor who plays him.
― Anonymous User  1/3/2008
James Gillan, the wonderfully talented Scottish actor who gave Boq in Wicked the most amazing Scots accent and made me fall in love with the character! He also acted in numerous other things! I love James Gillan!
DontDissMadison  1/25/2008
I love this name, it is so sexy and masculine.
― Anonymous User  2/29/2008
James A. Michener (February 3, 1907 - October 16, 1997) was an American author. He wrote more than 40 books, including "Tales of the South Pacific", for which he won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, as well as being the inspiration for the musical "South Pacific".
AndrewJKD  3/15/2008
This is my real name, and I have always pronounced it [jei:mz], making the letter "e" silent. I never let anyone call me "Jamie", "Jim", "Jimmy", or anything else, though through grade school I had another nickname that I will not list here.

This name is by no means feminine, and I hope to never find that I share this name with a girl.

Oddly enough, I have a brother named Jacob, though we are nothing alike.
Bastien Rosier  3/27/2008
James is a really solid-sounding name in my opinion, you can't really imagine a person called James with a wishy-washy personality.
JewellPhoenix  4/16/2008
I used to call a friend of mine James but you don't say it how you normally would. It's pronounced Yam-EZ because in German and other similar languages you say J as Y and the es on the end can easily be swapped for ez.
wednesday210  5/3/2008
Singer Gavin Rossdale and singer Gwen Stefani have a son James McGregor Rossdale, born 26. May 2006, Los Angeles, California.
MaggieSimpson  5/14/2008
Actually his name is Kingston James McGregor Rossdale.
crazykls  5/26/2008
I like the name as it is. Jamie sounds too youthful on grown men, especially of the fat and ugly kind, and I absolutely cannot stand the hickish Jim and Jimmy, so I don't like the nicknames much, but the name itself is good. It's short, simple, fairly pleasant in sound, and as a monosyllabic name, it doesn't really require a nickname. It's overused, of course, but you can't reall go wrong with it, as it sounds fine on pretty much any type of guy.
slight night shiver  6/7/2008
Number 17 for boys in 2005.
Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
James Madison was an American president, Founding Father, and is considered the "writer" of the Constitution. He was instrumental in setting up American democracy. He was the writer of the famous "Federalist Paper #10" concerning dissent and faction. He also wrote many other "Federalist Papers" with Hamilton and John Jay.
BrendanMcC.  7/14/2008
James is my favorite boy name! It is handsome and masculine. Popularity doesn't bother me - I don't have to be "unique".

I'm very sad to see this name used on girls! And Semaj makes me *puke*.
Emerson  7/20/2008
James Haven Vojtka, actor, born 11th May 1973, Los Angeles, California.
Emilie007  9/3/2008
I love this name. Everything from the way it sounds to its meaning. I would use it as a middle name, only because the popularity does bother me. But it really is a great name: simple, masculine, and will suit any boy perfectly and carry him into adulthood. For nicknames I like Jim and Jamie. I've also known a little girl who had this as a middle name, after a family member, and I don't think that's a completely crazy idea (middle name, that is), but that definitely does not make it a girl name. Leave this one to the boys, please.
midnight maiden  10/26/2008
I think this name is very sexy for a boy. It's short and quick but it still has a nice sound to it.
Devilqueen  12/2/2008
James and the Giant Peach! :D
not_another_Jessica  12/7/2008
This is my older brother's name. I always thought it was funny being Jessie and James during the time Pokemon was at it's peak of popularity. It's a shame we didn't name our cat Meowth!
If it wasn't for him, I think I would find this name sophisticated, almost rich and snobby sounding, but in an okay way. Insanely popular, of course (along with most known J-names), though he's the only James I've ever known.
not_another_Jessica  12/7/2008
Talk show host Jay Leno's real name is James.
emmiix3  1/27/2009
James Wesley Vojtka is real name of singer, composer and actor Chip Taylor (1st January 1940, New York City, New York, USA). He is brother of actor Jon Voight.
MaggieSimpson  2/8/2009
No offense to any James fans or those with this name, but I just think this name is too plain.
ICEyun  2/24/2009
I really love the name James. It's classy and masculine and rolls of the tongue easily. Not to mention the many great namesakes. I am planning on giving my second son the name James for a middle name.
Alissa_Blue  3/19/2009
James is the name of author James Patterson, world's number 1 best selling thriller writer. I love his series Maximum Ride.
victory911  4/1/2009
Oh, James! I don't care how popular it is or how "plain," I just love this name so much. It's adorable on a little boy, strong on a teen, and mature on an adult.

But please. Don't call him Jimmy.
meggsxx3  4/18/2009
James is a later variation of the name Jacob. Jacob means "supplanter."

In Greek, James is written as ιακωβος

In Hebrew, Jacob is written as יַעֲקֹב‎,
Deborah Reyes  4/25/2009
James Rolfe is a internet celebrity best known as the fowl mouthed "Angry Video Game Nerd".
Alma_  4/28/2009
The Wolverine (a comic book hero in the X-Men) was originally born James Logan Howlett, though he is commonly called Logan.
― Anonymous User  5/20/2009
James Doohan played Scottish engineer Scott/Scotty in the original Star Trek series.
gorgen_kally  5/26/2009
This is my most favorite middle name for a boy, and if I ever have a son, this will most likely be his middle name! It sounds great with any first name. Also, I love the nickname Jimmy (but I'm not a fan of Jim, and I can't stand the name Jamie)! And, who wouldn't want their kid to share their name with the amazing late actor James Dean?!
KillYourEgo  6/22/2009
James is a nice name. Even though it is common I don't really know many people my age named James. Jimmy is a cute nickname though I think Jamie sounds really feminine (I might be influenced by Jamie Lynn Spears). I don't like this names for girls and I don't like it spelt "Jaymes". To me, that is a very ugly spelling of a classic name.
CharlieRob  7/31/2009
James Norrington is my favorite character from Pirates of the Caribbean. I've always thought James was a noble name.
winter seas  8/1/2009
James is one of those names that is hard to not like. It's timeless and classic, and it's strong as well. It's a family name, there are at least 4 people in my immediate family that are named James, so if I do use it for a child, they'd have my preferred nickname, Jay.
magicalhannah7  8/5/2009
MY name is James and I like it! It's a very nice and sophisticated sounding name! Sure, I get a lot of annoying nicknames (jimbo, jimmy, jim-bob, jimmy-bob to name a few!) but it's a very good name. Annoyingly, it's also a very common name. I feel I am a nice person, but I know A LOT of horrible people with this name. My grandfather and father are both named James, so that makes me James III! I also plan on naming any male children I may have James, to continue the tradition!
thenamegame  10/4/2009
I'm sure everyone has the middle name James.
― Anonymous User  11/11/2009
A very common name in England and common to a bit lesser extent in the U.S. A very nice, classic name though. It's not trendy and it would age well.
― Anonymous User  12/27/2009
James is the Biblical Jesus Christ's brother's name.
ADT  1/30/2010
Ian Fleming named his literary creation after James Bond (1900-1989), the American ornithologist. At the time of writing "Casino Royale" in Jamaica he had been reading James Bond's book "Birds of the West Indies". He chose the name because he wanted a name that sounded as "ordinary as possible" that was also short and unromantic yet very masculine.
SandSea  2/6/2010
James is a good traditional name.
― Anonymous User  3/23/2010
I really like this name. I like it as a middle name, short and sweet. I do not like it as a girls name, but I really like this name and Henry together. One of my favorite names.
Rm4187  3/29/2010
James Owen Sullivan, also known as The Rev (stage name) or Jimmy was the drummer of metal (hardcore, metalcore, rock etc.) band Avenged Sevenfold. R.I.P The Rev 1981-2009.
Tasia.Margareta  4/3/2010
Cool, but way too common.
Black_X  5/11/2010
Actress Kirsten Stewart (Isabella Swan of Twilight)'s middle name, but spelt 'Jaymes'.
dancingintherain  7/11/2010
This is a classic name, and one I have always liked as it works nicely on a child, teenager and adult.
dancingintherain  7/11/2010
I like the name James despite its popularity. It's kind of a family thing that your son's name has James in it. MY younger sister and I often argue over who gets to use it as a first name because cousins with the same name doesn't quite work for us.
My brother-in-law wants to name his son James Lars Kirk after his heros. I personally think he might as well name his son Metallica for what it's worth.
Red Irish Rain  8/27/2010
I love this name. It's simply awesome.
Chrila96  10/16/2010
My name is James and I always thought it a noble name but a bit formal, as such, for Americans. I do like the nickname Jim, which is more approachable and democratic. I am surprised at the widespread dislike for Jim. In Conrad's classic Lord Jim it was used as a form of acceptance by the natives. Most speakers of other languages can say the name Jim without difficulty.
hondaker  11/30/2010
Although James Watt a famous bearer of this name, was largely involved in the development of the steam engine, he was not its inventor. Could this please be corrected? [noted -ed]
jammydodger  1/19/2011
James Scott plays EJ DiMera on the American daytime show Days of our lives.
― Anonymous User  4/5/2011
One of my favorite traditional names. It has a sophisticated sound without being too stuffy. I think the nickname Jimmy is cute for a preteen/teenage boy.
mrose19  4/11/2011
Famous Bearer: The late James Maury "Jim" Henson, creator of the Muppets.
mrose19  4/11/2011
The American Idol season 10 contestant, James Durbin, is a famous bearer (and is my personal favorite).
Ryry1996  5/4/2011
James Andrews was a Civil War union spy.
writer371  5/28/2011
Actor James Maslow. From Nickelodeon TV show and the band Big Time Rush.
― Anonymous User  5/28/2011
James Barry (1741-1806) was an Irish painter.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2011
James Basire (1730–1802), also known as James Basire Sr., was an English engraver.
― Anonymous User  9/7/2011
James Byron Dean was an iconic American actor.
― Anonymous User  12/12/2011
I love the name James, it's strong, undeniably male, easy to pronounce, and it has a long history of famous bearers for a boy to look up to.
I detest Jim and Jimmy and Jamie because I love James so much, I want him to be called James.
Cuss10  2/11/2012
Gorgeous and sexy actor James Spader.

I like this name a lot, it's an all time classic.
― Anonymous User  2/16/2012
There are just some names that feel... right. And this name is one of them

It makes me feel warm and at home. It's comfortable and familiar. It reminds me of home.

A James is someone you can love. A warm-hearted, good natured boy, honest, nice and sweet

Maybe it's because I know exactly 5 James' in my life.

James makes me feel safe and happy. It's a good name. A very strong and Charming name

This name is just amazing and love.
AwAriDoll  2/17/2012
Very popular as a middle name, but makes a good first name too.
Amanda_M87  2/25/2012
James was the son of King Charles I of England and his wife Henriette Marie of France. He later became King James II of England.
CarolinW  6/8/2012
James (1688-1766) was the son of King James II of England and his second wife Mary of Modena. He is known as the "Old Pretender" of the Jacobites.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
James (1663-1667) was the son of King James II of Great Britain and his first wife Anne Hyde.
CarolinW  6/18/2012
In my opinion, this name is boring and overused.
― Anonymous User  8/10/2012
James is one of the best names, in my opinion. It definitely ages well, and the nickname jimmy is awesome, although Jim sounds a little too middle aged man to me. I knew a little boy named James and he went by Jamie, which I think is cute :)
― Anonymous User  1/11/2013
Love this name, and I really can't find anything bad about it. The popularity doesn't really concern me, because unlike most popular names nowadays, it deserves to be used often.
Oohvintage  1/30/2013
James sounds like a very classic and mature name.
Masculine. Strong. Confident. Refined. Honest. Endearing.

You can't go wrong with a name like this. Very dependable name in my opinion. Simple and uncomplicated. No mispronouncing here. No confusion or misunderstanding.

James is James. Give a boy a solid base to start off with a good classic name and he will make the name his own, grow into any type of James he so chooses.

James the athlete
James the artist
James the scholar

Give a boy the name James and he will do all the rest.
― Anonymous User  2/7/2013
Middle names of both Matthew Bellamy (Singer, guitarist, pianist etc.) and Dominic Howard (Drums and other percussion) of Muse.
― Anonymous User  6/7/2013
Name of the Day: June 15, 2013.
― Anonymous User  6/15/2013
I love this name, and I would definitely use it if it was not so common! It has a strong sound to it, yet it's still subtle and handsome.
Strangak  6/15/2013
A fictional bearer is James (Jamie) Fraser in Diana Gabaldon's Outlander books.
shadow1999  7/30/2013
This is Professor Moriarty's name from the Sherlock Holmes stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the stories he also has a brother Colonel James Moriarty.
ophelia  9/15/2013
An awesome name even though it's incredibly popular.
― Anonymous User  4/20/2014
James is Niall Horan's and Liam Payne's middle name (both from the boy band One Direction).
― Anonymous User  5/5/2014
James McCrimmon was a companion of the Second Doctor in Doctor Who. He is the longest serving companion if you go by number of individual episodes.
VoraLundar  6/17/2014
James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes is a character in the Marvel comics and films.
badinlatin  6/22/2014
James is the character Jackal's real name (he's in the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa).
― Anonymous User  8/7/2014
I have a brother named James and sometimes we called him ja-MES to piss him off, but now he really likes it as a nickname. WEIRD.
― Anonymous User  8/15/2014
Several other characters in Marvel comics (in addition to James Logan Howlett and James Buchanan "Bucky" Barnes) are named James including:
James Rupert "Rhodey" Rhodes aka War Machine aka Iron Patriot
James Montgomery Falsworth aka Union Jack
James Proudstar aka Warpath
James MacDonald Hudson aka Guardian aka Vindicator
James Rogers (son of Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanoff and presumably named for James Barnes).
Feorsteorra  8/30/2014
James Hurst (1922-) is the author of The Scarlet Ibis.
hkols  9/30/2014
James Aubrey who played Ralph on Lord of the Flies (1963 version).
Dragostea  11/4/2014
My name is Tiago, and that is the Portuguese language form of the name James. But for Portuguese in the site there is no Tiago. There is, however, the form Iago, but it is rarely used. Tiago or Thiago is on the top 10 names used in Brazil. And it comes from Sant'Iacumus. This form was so commonly used, that when they wanted to separate "Sant" the "t" was left, becoming Tiago.
tleichs  12/2/2014
If I have a son, I want to name him James. It was my grandfather's middle name, and also the name of several people I like and admire. Hopefully its rise in popularity over the past few years will cease.
JustAnotherFangirl  12/28/2014
James "Jamie" Dornan is a Northern Irish actor. He plays Christian Grey in the film Fifty Shades of Grey.
― Anonymous User  1/31/2015
James is the name of the red engine from Thomas The Tank Engine.
wedward4  2/2/2015
This is American actors Ryan Reynolds's and Blake Lively's daughter's name.
― Anonymous User  2/12/2015
A famous bearer of this name would be James "Jim" Carroll. Anyway, I LOVE this name! I would totally name a son this name.
― Anonymous User  3/10/2015
I have three:

James Hetfeild is the lead vocalist and a guitarist for the American metal band Metallica.

James was the so called "stud" in the 2011 movie The Inbetweeners Movie

Dan Howell is a YouTuber from London England who's middle name is James.
OttilieMaisie  4/3/2015
I really love the name James, but if I named a son this, I don't think I'd really call him Jim like many James' get called... I mean, you named him James for a reason. And it's far too lovely a name to not ever call him that.
― Anonymous User  4/24/2015
James Clerk Maxwell, 1831–1879, was a Scottish physicist best known for his theory of electromagnetic radiation.
auffie  5/31/2015
I like the name James well enough, even though it's perhaps the most consistently popular male name in all the United States (today it's more popular than John). But I dislike the nicknames. Jamie sounds like a kid - and also I know tons of girls named Jamie, so it has a feminine vibe - and I can't stand the sound of Jim / Jimmy. Or, God forbid, "Jimbo."
erb816  6/15/2015
(Marvel really loves this name.) James Wesley, assistant and friend of Wilson Fisk in the Netflix 'Daredevil' series.
Feorsteorra  6/16/2015
UGH! I really don't like that name at all! :(
― Anonymous User  8/7/2015
James Bourne from Busted and Mcbusted.
shauna779  8/10/2015
James Arnold Taylor (1969-), an American voice actor, is a famous bearer of the name.
― Anonymous User  8/26/2015
James Arnold Taylor (born July 22, 1969) is an American voice actor and author. His most notable roles are Obi-Wan Kenobi from 'Star Wars: The Clone Wars', Ratchet from 'Ratchet & Clank', and Tidus from 'Final Fantasy X'.
― Anonymous User  10/18/2015
Great name! Better than all of these newly popular weird names like Declan, Reign, Leif, Cayden, Camden, and so on... Stick to the classics and your boy will grow up to be a good strong man and not have to prove himself because of a ridiculous name.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2015
It's soooooooooo popular but I've loved it since I saw the Great Gatsby.
― Anonymous User  10/19/2015
I abhor this name, I really do. I mean, there's absolutely nothing wrong with it and it's much better than "Jayden", but the beyond rabid overuse and constant overrated-ness makes me despise it.
Gregory Woodrow  11/2/2015
James Eagan Holmes (born December 13th, 1987) is an American mass shooter responsible for the 2012 Aurora Theater Shooting.
Gregory Woodrow  11/2/2015
James Wan (born February 27, 1977) is an Australian film director. He is best known for creating the Saw franchise and also directing The Conjuring and Fast and Furious 7.
Gregory Woodrow  11/2/2015
Not really that famous, but James Laurence is the grandfather of Theodore "Laurie" Laurence in "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott.
Morgan1599  11/15/2015
This is my name, and I think it is a cool name, but I will never call my child that. Even if my name wasn't James. I just wished that it wasn't so popular. My uncle is called Jamie, there is another 3 people called James at school, 1 is called Jamie. So I know 5 people (with Jamie) called that. And my mum knows about another 2 people called Jim. I have heard of 7 people called that (8 including me). 5 at school, 2 that mum knows, my uncle and me. I even know more people called James than William, my family name (and my middle name!) Now, back to James, I don't mind Jim, but I just don't like Jimmy too much. I like it a little tiny bit, but the y sound (ee) just got very annoying. It is just a little bit tacky. And I, for some reason, don't mind "Jamie", despite the ee sound, but that might be because I don't get called that. But the name "Semaj" is tacky and just horrible.
Jghazt333  1/4/2016
Overused and sounds like an old man's name.
― Anonymous User  1/12/2016
James in Italian is Giacomo. Please enter the Italian version of the name since you have entered every single one except the Italian Giacomo.
giacomo  1/26/2016
James is such a plain, boring name.
― Anonymous User  2/15/2016
I think it's classic, timeless, and adaptable. You can envision a James as almost anyone. I especially like it as a middle name (it's my middle name; Annelise James).
aallender  2/18/2016
Personally, I hate that I can envision the name James on anyone. It makes the name feel so dull and stale to me, like it lacks its own "flavor," if you get what I mean. It's not a bad name at all, but it's so common and overused that it doesn't stand out, and I find it extremely boring.
RoseTintsMyWorld  5/11/2016
Its a good name if you want an old fashioned name, but personally to me I would use this as a middle name

My uncle's name is James but everybody calls him Jim.
Charlottetarantula  5/21/2016
James Rodríguez is a Colombian footballer. He plays for the Colombia national football team and Real Madrid.
lilolaf  5/25/2016
The name James was unfortunately given to 38 girls born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/16/2016
Sorry, but I don't like the name James; I never loved it. It's so strange and different from the original version in the Holy Bible that is Yaacov (like the patriarch). It is a fact that James is another version of the name Jacob, but the last one is a lot better than it.
Jake Fax  6/22/2016
I LOVE this name! It sounds really masculine and noble.
― Anonymous User  6/28/2016
Sorry but I don't like this name, it's so boring. It's such a plain, bland, flavourless name. It's been getting so popular I feel like it's become too dull and unoriginal for my taste.
― Anonymous User  7/7/2016
James is a fine boy's name (I would never call a girl James). It is a truly timeless name and works on both a boy and a man. Notable James's in fiction include James Bond, Private James Frazer and James the Red Engine. In reality you have at least 4 presidents (Polk, Madison, Buchanan and Carter), James Callaghan (Prime Minister of Britain from 1976-79) and 2 Kings as well as actors James Stewart, James Dean, James May, James Beck and James Earl Jones. A truly great name.
Mr.Cheese  7/11/2016
Hames comes from the Aramaic name of Hamza, it's present in Arabic in the same pronunciation and in Turkish as Gamzet, in Arabic it's حمزة The rounded t in the end is silent or Hamzeh, the J in old Aramaic can change to a Kh or a silent J "Yamza" hence the modern Arab name... Hamza has the meaning of a strong steadfast person, and is one of the names for a lion.
sattarrammo  8/24/2016
I much prefer James for a girl. I don't know why, I just do.
sydneyvail  10/10/2016
Wow, people actually named their daughters James? I'm assuming those parents really wanted a son.
Luvbug86  10/18/2016
This name is noble and strong, but average. There are so many James' throughout the world, it could be anyone's name. It is just like Abigail, business-like and noble, but average and boring. And the diminutives are boring as well, Jim, Jimmy, Jamie.
ERK  10/24/2016
James Gordon is a character from the DC comics.
idkseth  12/2/2016
Using James as a girls name isn't common perhaps but it's not a new trend. My grandmother was named James and she was born in 1883. Her siblings called her Jim and in her later years when I came along she was "Miss Jim". She never admitted her name was James to me or anybody as far as I knew. In the 1960s she was required to get a social security card in her own name and since she had no birth certificate to prove otherwise she signed it Jean plus her maiden and married names. When I started working on Ancestry. Com, I found the original census records dating back to her childhood and confirmed that she was indeed named James. I also found a site that listed James as a popular girls name in the late 1800's and early 1900's before it morphed into Jamie. I actually named one of my son's James after her. I have personally known women named Carl and Cecil and men named LaVerne and (don't laugh) Shirley as well as Fay so all in all I'd say James sounds pretty good.
myema569  12/16/2016
James LaBrie is the singer of progressive metal band Dream Theater.
ERK  12/24/2016
I actually really like this name. Usually I don't like popular names, but this one is an exception. It's just so rugged and old fashioned. Very 1930's. Gosh, so much better than the overused Jacob.
maurere  12/28/2016
James is the real name of the absolute legendary comedian and talented actor, Jim Carrey, who was born as James Eugene Carrey.
― Anonymous User  1/23/2017
James Ross IV, better known by his stage name Tyra Sanchez, is an American drag queen and reality television personality. A frequent drag impersonator of pop star Beyoncé, Ross is best known as the winner of the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
cutenose  1/25/2017
James Garland "J. G." Quintel is an American animator, television writer, voice actor, and director. He is the creator of the Cartoon Network series Regular Show, in which he also voices the characters Mordecai and High Five Ghost. He also was the creative director for The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack, an animated series that appeared on television from June 2008 to August 2010, and a writer on Camp Lazlo from 2006–2008.
cutenose  1/28/2017
James Jagger was born on August 28, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor, known for Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll, Mr. Nice and Vinyl.
cutenose  3/2/2017
James Yoshinobu Iha is an American rock musician. He is best known as former guitarist and co-founder of the alternative rock band The Smashing Pumpkins and for his eclectic musical projects of recent years, most notably being a permanent fixture of A Perfect Circle. He was most recently a member of Tinted Windows, a 1960s/1970s inspired group with members of Cheap Trick, Fountains of Wayne, and Hanson.
lilolaf  3/3/2017
James "Akio" Hong is a travel writer from Hong Kong who has traveled to more than 70 countries. He contributes travel columns on the major newspaper in Hong Kong and China such as Metro Daily, The Sun (Hong Kong), Hong Kong Economic Journal, am730 and Headline Daily. His first book 《5000 Years of Adventure》has raised HK$500,000 for Heifer International Hong Kong. The electronic version of this book was ranked No. 1 at the Hong Kong eBook Chart for a consecutive of 13 days. His second book 《10 Stunning Days in Mexico and Cuba》 was published in July 2011.

As an influential travel writer in Hong Kong and China, his followers on SNS exceeded 1 million. His travelogue is an integration of history, comparative literature, astronomy, music, politics, languages, religions, arts, economics, philosophy, humanities, etc.
lilolaf  3/4/2017
I'm surprised no one ever mentioned Korn's guitarist, James Shaffer.

(or if somebody else did, I'll stand corrected).
hazed-pastel  3/7/2017
James Joseph "Jim" Parsons is an American actor. He is known for playing Sheldon Cooper in the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory. He has received several awards for his performance, including four Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series Musical or Comedy.
cutenose  3/31/2017
James Charles Dickinson, known professionally as James Charles, is an American Internet personality and model. On October 11, 2016, at the age of seventeen, he became the first male spokesmodel for cosmetics brand CoverGirl, working alongside brand ambassador Katy Perry. As the first male spokesmodel and brand ambassador for CoverGirl, Charles will be the face of the soon-to-be launched So Lashy! By BlastPro Mascara.
cutenose  5/13/2017
James is gorgeous, stylish and classic. I don't care how popular the name is, because I absolutely love it. I don't think that it needs a nickname, although Jim and Jimmy are cute.
Paula Puddephatt  5/14/2017
James William Middleton is an English businessman and member of the Middleton family. Middleton's companies include Boomf and the "Cake Kit Company" which can create themed cakes and cake-making kits for birthdays and other occasions. He is the younger brother of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and read the lesson at her wedding to Prince William, Duke of Cambridge.
cutenose  5/21/2017
Sir James Wilson Vincent Savile, OBE, KCSG was an English DJ, television and radio personality, dance hall manager, and charity fundraiser. He hosted the BBC television show Jim'll Fix It, was the first and last presenter of the long-running BBC music chart show Top of the Pops, and raised an estimated £40 million for charities. At the time of his death he was widely praised for his personal qualities and as a fund-raiser. After his death, hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse were made against him, leading the police to believe that Savile had been a predatory sex offender—possibly one of Britain's most prolific. There had been allegations during his lifetime, but they were dismissed and accusers ignored or disbelieved; Savile took legal action against some accusers.
cutenose  5/31/2017
James Brendan Patterson is an American author and philanthropist. Among his work are the Alex Cross, Michael Bennett, Women's Murder Club, Maximum Ride, Daniel X, NYPD Red, Witch and Wizard, and Private series, as well as many stand-alone thrillers, non-fiction and romance novels. His books have sold more than 300 million copies and he was the first person to sell 1 million e-books. In 2016, Patterson topped Forbes's list of highest-paid authors for the third consecutive year, with an income of $95 million. His total income over a decade is estimated at $700 million.
cutenose  6/1/2017
James, Viscount Severn is the younger child and only son of Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and Sophie, Countess of Wessex, and the youngest grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. He is tenth in line to succeed his grandmother.
lilolaf  6/24/2017
James Michael is the leading vocalist for rock band Sixx: A.M.
Loyal_Rage  6/30/2017
James Veitch is a British comedian & TED speaker. He has been described by The Guardian as "ahead of the poetic curve", "ahead of his time" by The Independent and "a posh boy with few real world friends", by The Scotsman.
cutenose  7/10/2017
James Oliver Cromwell is an American actor. Some of his more notable films include Star Trek: First Contact, L.A. Confidential, The Green Mile, Space Cowboys, The Sum of All Fears, I, Robot, The Longest Yard, The Queen, Secretariat, The Artist and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, as well as the television series Six Feet Under, 24 and Halt and Catch Fire.
cutenose  7/24/2017
James Hong is an American actor, producer and director. He has worked in numerous productions in American media since the 1950s. He is known for his roles in various Hollywood films, such as Hannibal Chew in Blade Runner, David Lo Pan in Big Trouble in Little China, Jeff Wong in Wayne's World 2, and Chi-Fu in Mulan. Hong is also known for playing Daolon Wong on the television series Jackie Chan Adventures and Mr. Ping in the Kung Fu Panda franchise. Hong is a former president of the Association of Asian/Pacific American Artists (AAPAA).
lilolaf  7/31/2017
Poor girls named James. Why would someone name their daughter this? It's like naming a boy Samantha or Sarah. It makes me think that the parents wanted a son and they were so disappointed when they had a girl, that they didn't even bother to find a name for her.
― Anonymous User  8/25/2017
I like James as more of a first name than a middle name since it is so common. I prefer Jameson though, since my brother that my mom lost had that name, and it is not so popular.
SapphireLace  1/9/2018
James is just one of those names that has always been popular, and still remains popular to this day. I love this name, but it is way too overused. I only knew one James throughout my life though.
GiJeff  1/18/2018
Murr from the hidden-camera TV show Impractical Jokers has the first name James.
MarioDM02  2/16/2018
For me, I like this name because it is a name that was given to most important people in the whole world. Such as American presidents, Apostles, and among others.
So, this is a name for the most important people but not ignoring other people's name's values.
Murenzi  2/19/2018
James Marsden is an American actor, known for Hairspray, 27 Dresses and as Cyclops in X-Men.
amanda82  4/24/2018
I don't think James is an awful name, but it is especially overused as a middle name to me but it still sounds like an okay middle name. This name also has no flavor at all to me.
XironDarkstar  5/12/2018
Famous singer Jimmy (James) Buffet.
snooplionlion  5/14/2018

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