James

he who supplants
ORIGIN: Hebrew
POPULARITY: 9
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.
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James was king of Scotland, and when he became king of England and Ireland, the kingdom of Great Britain was born. His mother was Mary, Queen of Scots; his father was Henry Stuart, or Lord Darnley. When his mother was forced to abdicate the throne, James—who was born on June 19, 1566—became king, even though he was only 13 months old. He formally became king in 1581. Though he was a teen, he was also a clever and shrewd ruler who controlled Scotland’s religious and political factors. When Queen Elizabeth I died, James took over as King of England and Ireland too.

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  • James Marsden
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  • James Cameron
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  • James Patterson
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  • James McAcoy
    Actor

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