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Popularity
5.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880

James

Gender: Boy. Ranked #1 most popular

What does the name "James" mean?

James (Hebrew): Supplanter

The name "James" is of Hebrew origin and it means "Supplanter". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls. There are 4 other names that are similar to this one.

J is for jubilant, the upbeat you!

A is for altruism, the unselfish you.

M is for mirth, your laughter.

E is for electric, a sparkling trait!

S is for success, in all you will do.

Your name in reverse order is "Semaj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Mjsae". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

How popular is the name "James" in the U.S.?



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Want to know about the populiarty of James? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,129,096 babies born with the name James in the United States. That's more than enough James to occupy the country of Norway with an estimated population of 5,025,600 (as of July 27, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 5,949 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "James" was in 1947 with a total of 94,755 babies. (That's a lot of baby James)

According to the 1962 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "James" ranks #5 in popularity as a baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, 5,125 babies in California have the same name as you in 1962. Across the entire United States a total of 72,825 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

Where is the name James popular?



The map shows the relative popularity of the name James in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the south? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named James

James Franco

James Franco is an actor, filmmaker, and teacher with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1997 to present. James was born in 1978 as James Edward Franco in Palo Alto, California, U.S.

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Jimmy Fallon

Jimmy Fallon is a comedian with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1998 to present. Jimmy was born in 1974 as James Thomas Fallon in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey is an actor, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and producer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1980 to present. Jim was born in 1962 as James Eugene Carrey in Newmarket, Ontario, Canada.

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Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney is a singer-songwriter, music and film producer, businessman with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1957 to present. Paul was born in 1942 as James Paul McCartney in Liverpool, England.

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James Dean

James Dean is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1950 to 1955. James was born in 1931 as James Byron Dean in Marion, Indiana, U.S.

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James Foley

James Foley is a film director with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1984 to present. James was born in 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S.

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Past life for James born Apr 17, 1936

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Northern China approximately on 700. Your profession was digger and undertaker.

You were a revolutionary type. You inspired changes in any sphere - politics, business, religion, housekeeping. You could have been a leader. Your lesson - to learn humility and faith in spiritual principles. You should believe in High Reason.

Here's something for you to ponder on...

The Theory Behind The Name Game - Finding a good baby name is one of the dilemmas that plague parents who live in a modern setting. Parents do have the right to be conscious about the name.