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Popularity
5.1m
in the U.S.
since 1880

James

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Supplanter
  • #1 All Time
  • #9 in 2014
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How popular is the name "James" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 5,949 22 5,927 #3 boy name
1881 5,466 24 5,442 #3 boy name
1882 5,910 18 5,892 #3 boy name
1883 5,249 25 5,224 #3 boy name
1884 5,726 33 5,693 #3 boy name
1885 5,201 26 5,175 #3 boy name
1886 5,384 29 5,355 #3 boy name
1887 4,787 19 4,768 #3 boy name
1888 5,607 45 5,562 #3 boy name
1889 5,046 26 5,020 #3 boy name
1890 5,130 33 5,097 #3 boy name
1891 4,547 31 4,516 #3 boy name
1892 5,420 22 5,398 #3 boy name
1893 5,051 23 5,028 #3 boy name
1894 5,135 25 5,110 #3 boy name
1895 5,369 34 5,335 #3 boy name
1896 5,235 28 5,207 #3 boy name
1897 5,143 30 5,113 #3 boy name
1898 5,350 29 5,321 #3 boy name
1899 4,625 27 4,598 #3 boy name
1900 7,286 41 7,245 #3 boy name
1901 4,765 30 4,735 #3 boy name
1902 5,622 30 5,592 #3 boy name
1903 5,508 28 5,480 #3 boy name
1904 5,882 27 5,855 #3 boy name
1905 6,077 35 6,042 #3 boy name
1906 5,945 37 5,908 #3 boy name
1907 6,752 45 6,707 #3 boy name
1908 7,044 32 7,012 #3 boy name
1909 7,646 52 7,594 #3 boy name
1910 9,258 63 9,195 #2 boy name
1911 10,020 69 9,951 #3 boy name
1912 17,725 81 17,644 #3 boy name
1913 20,926 95 20,831 #3 boy name
1914 26,370 107 26,263 #3 boy name
1915 33,931 155 33,776 #3 boy name
1916 35,735 166 35,569 #3 boy name
1917 37,522 182 37,340 #3 boy name
1918 42,334 212 42,122 #3 boy name
1919 42,581 191 42,390 #3 boy name
1920 48,166 249 47,917 #4 boy name
1921 49,979 231 49,748 #4 boy name
1922 50,052 239 49,813 #4 boy name
1923 50,743 279 50,464 #4 boy name
1924 53,211 275 52,936 #4 boy name
1925 53,052 364 52,688 #4 boy name
1926 53,568 360 53,208 #3 boy name
1927 54,052 389 53,663 #3 boy name
1928 53,177 427 52,750 #3 boy name
1929 52,513 397 52,116 #2 boy name
1930 54,351 418 53,933 #2 boy name
1931 51,545 346 51,199 #2 boy name
1932 52,242 320 51,922 #2 boy name
1933 51,398 299 51,099 #2 boy name
1934 54,498 262 54,236 #2 boy name
1935 55,224 238 54,986 #2 boy name
1936 54,901 229 54,672 #2 boy name
1937 56,798 252 56,546 #2 boy name
1938 59,366 274 59,092 #2 boy name
1939 59,895 268 59,627 #2 boy name
1940 62,731 259 62,472 #1 boy name
1941 66,974 255 66,719 #1 boy name
1942 77,455 282 77,173 #1 boy name
1943 80,519 271 80,248 #1 boy name
1944 77,181 237 76,944 #1 boy name
1945 74,696 246 74,450 #1 boy name
1946 87,675 250 87,425 #1 boy name
1947 95,012 257 94,755 #1 boy name
1948 88,847 251 88,596 #1 boy name
1949 87,113 257 86,856 #1 boy name
1950 86,473 252 86,221 #1 boy name
1951 87,434 259 87,175 #1 boy name
1952 87,344 261 87,083 #1 boy name
1953 86,183 237 85,946 #2 boy name
1954 86,503 226 86,277 #2 boy name
1955 84,376 246 84,130 #3 boy name
1956 85,109 249 84,860 #2 boy name
1957 84,523 281 84,242 #2 boy name
1958 78,983 252 78,731 #3 boy name
1959 78,893 296 78,597 #3 boy name
1960 77,160 288 76,872 #3 boy name
1961 76,182 286 75,896 #4 boy name
1962 72,825 262 72,563 #4 boy name
1963 71,643 311 71,332 #4 boy name
1964 73,367 317 73,050 #4 boy name
1965 68,010 303 67,707 #4 boy name
1966 65,490 297 65,193 #3 boy name
1967 62,016 312 61,704 #3 boy name
1968 61,042 312 60,730 #4 boy name
1969 60,269 329 59,940 #3 boy name
1970 62,129 354 61,775 #3 boy name
1971 54,910 302 54,608 #2 boy name
1972 47,383 299 47,084 #3 boy name
1973 43,213 317 42,896 #4 boy name
1974 41,616 251 41,365 #5 boy name
1975 39,848 253 39,595 #4 boy name
1976 38,564 253 38,311 #5 boy name
1977 40,324 273 40,051 #5 boy name
1978 40,177 269 39,908 #5 boy name
1979 39,632 261 39,371 #5 boy name
1980 39,583 271 39,312 #5 boy name
1981 38,574 273 38,301 #7 boy name
1982 39,183 316 38,867 #6 boy name
1983 36,618 282 36,336 #6 boy name
1984 36,081 238 35,843 #7 boy name
1985 36,127 287 35,840 #7 boy name
1986 34,299 273 34,026 #7 boy name
1987 32,874 246 32,628 #8 boy name
1988 32,734 244 32,490 #9 boy name
1989 32,871 176 32,695 #9 boy name
1990 32,459 115 32,344 #8 boy name
1991 30,596 95 30,501 #7 boy name
1992 28,572 70 28,502 #9 boy name
1993 26,324 75 26,249 #14 boy name
1994 24,831 67 24,764 #14 boy name
1995 22,784 57 22,727 #17 boy name
1996 21,214 62 21,152 #17 boy name
1997 20,441 42 20,399 #17 boy name
1998 19,727 45 19,682 #18 boy name
1999 18,590 40 18,550 #19 boy name
2000 18,014 40 17,974 #18 boy name
2001 17,108 42 17,066 #19 boy name
2002 16,982 31 16,951 #18 boy name
2003 16,922 34 16,888 #18 boy name
2004 16,546 95 16,451 #17 boy name
2005 16,146 26 16,120 #17 boy name
2006 16,272 46 16,226 #16 boy name
2007 15,974 33 15,941 #15 boy name
2008 15,186 32 15,154 #17 boy name
2009 14,226 51 14,175 #18 boy name
2010 13,881 29 13,852 #19 boy name
2011 13,257 30 13,227 #17 boy name
2012 13,413 28 13,385 #14 boy name
2013 13,530 28 13,502 #13 boy name
2014 14,343 42 14,301 #9 boy name

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 was first given to 5 or more babies 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 1970 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "James" ranks #3 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Michigan. Imagine that, 2,803 babies in Michigan have the same name as you in 1970. Across the entire United States a total of 62,129 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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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 east? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "James" mean? The list below shows the origins of James as well as things modernly associated with the name James such as celebrities named James.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of James

The name "James" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Supplanter". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

James Franco

James Franco is an actor, filmmaker, and teacher with the most prominent portion of his 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 his 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 his 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 specializing in rock, pop, classical, and electronica music with the most prominent portion of his 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 his 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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Alternative Meanings

J is for jubilant, the upbeat you!

A is for advantage, for you are blessed with many.

M is for mirth, your laughter.

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

S is for sensible, the practical side.

Your name in reverse order is "Semaj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Sjame". 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.

Past life for James born Jan 3, 1940

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Israel approximately on 1000. Your profession was seaman, cook, and carpenter.

Your psychological profile shows you had a natural talent of psychologist and knew how to use the opportunities. Cold-blooded and calm in any situation. Your problem - to learn to love and to trust the Universe. You are bound to think, study, reflect and develop inner wisdom.

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