Origin:Hebrew
Popularity:11
Meaning:supplanter
Popular from Biblical times to the modern day, James is a baby name that may never go out of style—especially considering its current fluidity. Traditionally a boy’s name, James has become increasingly popular as a gender-neutral choice. It means “supplanter,” and derives from the Hebrew Jacob. Throughout history, James has been given to kings, presidents, entertainers, and regular folks alike, and thanks to its adaptability, will probably continue to grace the tops of baby name lists far into the future.

Famous People Named James

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  • 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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