Origin:Hebrew
Popularity:11
Meaning:he who supplants
This popular, traditional name has been found in the Bible, among British royalty and in the White House. No fewer than six US presidents—and six Scottish kings—have been named James. Its pop-culture cool is a direct descendant of James Bond and James Dean. It’s also in vogue as a fashionably trendy middle name for girls, less frequently as a first name. That didn’t stop Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively from naming their eldest daughter James. Non-English takes are fresh and plentiful, from the Irish Seamus and the French Jacques to the Italian Giacomo and the Scottish Hamish.

Famous Jamess

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • James
    Queen Mary and Henry
  • James Baldwin
    Novelist, Playwright
  • James Bevel
    Civil Rights Activist
  • James Brown
    Singer
  • James Buchanan
    United States President
  • James Cameron
    Director
  • James Dean
    Actor
  • James Franklin Hyde
    Inventor
  • James Garfield
    United States President
  • James Herriot
    Novelist
  • James J. Jeffries
    Boxer
  • James Joyce
    Novelist, Poet
  • James Knox Polk
    United States President
  • James Madison
    United States President
  • James Marsden
    Actor
  • James McAcoy
    Actor
  • James Monroe
    United States President
  • James Naismith
    Inventor
  • James Patterson
    Author
  • James Watt
    Inventor
  • James Weldon Johnson
    Author, Civil Rights Activist
  • James Worthy
    Basketball Player
  • LeBron James
    Basketball Player
  • Rick James
    Musician

Popularity Trend Chart

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Source: Social Security Administration

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