Gender Masculine
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. JAK

Meaning & History

Derived from Jackin (earlier Jankin), a medieval diminutive of John [1]. There could be some early influence from the unrelated French name Jacques [2]. 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 the actor Jack Nicholson (1937-) and the golfer Jack Nicklaus (1940-). Apart from Nicklaus, none of these famous bearers were given the name Jack at birth.

In the United Kingdom this form has been bestowed more frequently than John since the 1990s, being the most popular name for boys from 1996 to 2008.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesDeshaun, Deshawn, Keshaun, Keshawn, Rashawn(African American) Gjon(Albanian) Yohannes(Amharic) Yahya, Yuhanna(Arabic) Hovhannes(Armenian) Xuan(Asturian) Ion, Jon, Ganix, 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) Ivan, Jaan, Johannes, Juhan(Estonian) Jóannes, Jógvan, Jóhannes, Jón(Faroese) Jone(Fijian) Jani, Johannes, Joni, Jouni, Juhana, Juhani(Finnish) Jean, Yann, Yoan, Yoann, Yohan, Yohann, Yvan, Jeannot(French) Xoán(Galician) Ioane, Ivane(Georgian) Jan, Johann, Johannes(German) Giannis, Ioannis, Yannis, Yiannis(Greek) Keoni(Hawaiian) Yochanan(Hebrew) Iván, János(Hungarian) Jens, Jóhann, Jóhannes, Jón(Icelandic) Yohanes(Indonesian) Eoin, Seán, Sean, Shane(Irish) Giovanni, Ivan, Ivano(Italian) Johannes, Joannes(Late Roman) Ivans, 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(Polish) João(Portuguese) Ioan, Ion, Ivan(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, Anžej(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)
Surname DescendantsJack, Jackman, Jackson, Jakeman(English)
User SubmissionJack


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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Sources & References

  1. Withycombe, Elizabeth Gidley. The Oxford Dictionary of English Christian Names. Oxford, 1945, page 75.
  2. Reaney, P. H. and R. M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. Oxford, 1997, page 251.

Entry updated November 20, 2020