Rank 4th Boy Name ๐Ÿ”ฅ Popular

In 2022, the name James was 4th most popular baby name for boys and 9th most popular baby name overall. In 2022, 12,112 babies were named James in the United States.

In 2022, 1 out of every 278 babies in the United States were named James. In a classroom of 30 students, there is approximately a 10.3% chance that another student would have the same name. Today, the average age of someone named James is around 55 to 61 years old.

The name "James" is extremely common ๐Ÿ”ฅ

Nicknames for James include Jim, Jimmy and Jamie.

James Meaning & Origin

James is derived from the Hebrew name Jacob, which means "supplanter" or "one who follows," symbolizing a strong and determined individual.

The name James is described as adventurous, classic and strong.


James is pronounced jehmes in English. The name James has 5 letters and 1, 2 or 3 syllables, depending on pronunciation.

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Name Trends (1972 to Present)

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Fun Facts about James

  • In the New Testament of the Bible, there are several men named James, including two who were apostles of Jesus Christ.

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