Meaning: Supplanter, heel-grabber
Alternate spellings: Jim, Jameson, Jem, Jimmy, S’amas, Shamus, Jamie, Jacques, Giacomo, Diego, Iago, Hamish
Even though they sound nothing alike, James is the English version of the name Jacob (which means “supplanter” or “heel-grabber”). No one probably called them “Jimmy,” but there were two King Jameses in England, seven monarchs in Scotland, and two in Spain.
James also happens to be one of the most popular boy’s names of all time, in the top 20 for the past century. James is also one of the few truly ageless names – when you hear it, you don’t know whether the person referred to is six or sixty.
By The Numbers
U.S. Rank by Year
Rank of Similar Names in 2008