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5.1m
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since 1880

James

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How popular is the baby 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 5,465 24 5,441 #3 boy name
1882 5,910 18 5,892 #3 boy name
1883 5,248 25 5,223 #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 5,052 23 5,029 #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 33,932 155 33,777 #3 boy name
1916 35,734 166 35,568 #3 boy name
1917 37,521 182 37,339 #3 boy name
1918 42,333 212 42,121 #3 boy name
1919 42,580 192 42,388 #3 boy name
1920 48,164 249 47,915 #4 boy name
1921 49,980 231 49,749 #4 boy name
1922 50,053 239 49,814 #4 boy name
1923 50,745 279 50,466 #4 boy name
1924 53,214 275 52,939 #4 boy name
1925 53,048 365 52,683 #4 boy name
1926 53,567 359 53,208 #3 boy name
1927 54,052 389 53,663 #3 boy name
1928 53,174 427 52,747 #3 boy name
1929 52,518 397 52,121 #2 boy name
1930 54,365 419 53,946 #2 boy name
1931 51,546 345 51,201 #2 boy name
1932 52,239 320 51,919 #2 boy name
1933 51,400 299 51,101 #2 boy name
1934 54,501 262 54,239 #2 boy name
1935 55,229 238 54,991 #2 boy name
1936 54,903 229 54,674 #2 boy name
1937 56,803 251 56,552 #2 boy name
1938 59,368 275 59,093 #2 boy name
1939 59,898 268 59,630 #2 boy name
1940 62,732 259 62,473 #1 boy name
1941 66,976 255 66,721 #1 boy name
1942 77,460 282 77,178 #1 boy name
1943 80,523 271 80,252 #1 boy name
1944 77,187 237 76,950 #1 boy name
1945 74,695 246 74,449 #1 boy name
1946 87,673 250 87,423 #1 boy name
1947 95,020 257 94,763 #1 boy name
1948 88,839 251 88,588 #1 boy name
1949 87,107 257 86,850 #1 boy name
1950 86,518 252 86,266 #1 boy name
1951 87,456 258 87,198 #1 boy name
1952 87,337 261 87,076 #1 boy name
1953 86,236 236 86,000 #2 boy name
1954 86,493 226 86,267 #3 boy name
1955 84,379 246 84,133 #3 boy name
1956 85,107 249 84,858 #2 boy name
1957 84,538 281 84,257 #2 boy name
1958 78,975 252 78,723 #3 boy name
1959 78,895 296 78,599 #3 boy name
1960 77,152 289 76,863 #3 boy name
1961 76,193 286 75,907 #4 boy name
1962 72,833 262 72,571 #4 boy name
1963 71,642 311 71,331 #4 boy name
1964 73,369 317 73,052 #4 boy name
1965 68,018 303 67,715 #4 boy name
1966 65,485 297 65,188 #3 boy name
1967 62,006 312 61,694 #3 boy name
1968 61,042 312 60,730 #4 boy name
1969 60,264 329 59,935 #3 boy name
1970 62,138 354 61,784 #2 boy name
1971 54,913 302 54,611 #2 boy name
1972 47,387 299 47,088 #3 boy name
1973 43,209 317 42,892 #4 boy name
1974 41,614 251 41,363 #5 boy name
1975 39,848 253 39,595 #4 boy name
1976 38,563 253 38,310 #5 boy name
1977 40,330 273 40,057 #5 boy name
1978 40,181 269 39,912 #5 boy name
1979 39,631 261 39,370 #5 boy name
1980 39,583 271 39,312 #5 boy name
1981 38,578 272 38,306 #7 boy name
1982 39,184 317 38,867 #6 boy name
1983 36,623 282 36,341 #6 boy name
1984 36,083 238 35,845 #7 boy name
1985 36,130 287 35,843 #7 boy name
1986 34,302 273 34,029 #7 boy name
1987 32,877 246 32,631 #8 boy name
1988 32,737 244 32,493 #9 boy name
1989 32,871 176 32,695 #9 boy name
1990 32,459 115 32,344 #8 boy name
1991 30,597 95 30,502 #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 21,217 62 21,155 #17 boy name
1997 20,441 42 20,399 #17 boy name
1998 19,728 45 19,683 #18 boy name
1999 18,590 40 18,550 #19 boy name
2000 18,018 40 17,978 #18 boy name
2001 17,108 42 17,066 #19 boy name
2002 16,984 31 16,953 #18 boy name
2003 16,923 34 16,889 #18 boy name
2004 16,551 95 16,456 #17 boy name
2005 16,147 26 16,121 #17 boy name
2006 16,274 46 16,228 #16 boy name
2007 15,981 33 15,948 #15 boy name
2008 15,190 32 15,158 #17 boy name
2009 14,232 51 14,181 #18 boy name
2010 13,890 29 13,861 #19 boy name
2011 13,266 30 13,236 #17 boy name
2012 13,421 28 13,393 #14 boy name
2013 13,555 28 13,527 #13 boy name
2014 14,425 42 14,383 #9 boy name
2015 14,743 38 14,705 #7 boy name

Want to know about the popularity of the James baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5,144,205 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 94,763 babies. (That's a lot of baby James)

According to the 1997 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "James" ranks #18 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Idaho. Imagine that, 81 babies in Idaho have the same name as you in 1997. Across the entire United States a total of 20,441 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?

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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.

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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James Brown

James Brown is a singer, producer, dancer, and bandleader specializing in funk, soul, and R&B music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1954 to 2006. James was born in 1933 as James Joseph Brown in Barnwell, South Carolina, United States.

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James Spader

James Spader is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1978 to present. James was born in 1960 as James Todd Spader in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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James Marsden

James Marsden is an actor, singer, and model with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1993 to present. James was born in 1973 as James Paul Marsden in Stillwater, Oklahoma, U.S.

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James Taylor

James Taylor is a singer-songwriter and musician specializing in folk rock, rock, pop, and soft rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1966 to present. James was born in 1948 as James Vernon Taylor in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

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James Earl Jones

James Earl Jones is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1953 to present. James was born in 1931 in Arkabutla, Mississippi, U.S.

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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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Other Inspirations for the Name James

James Bond
James Harden
James Holmes
James Madison University

Alternative Meanings

J is for jubilant, the upbeat you!

A is for accord, the harmony you spread.

M is for mild, your mild and gentle way.

E is for expressive, not one to hold within.

S is for special, you are, you know!

Your name in reverse order is "Semaj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Esajm". 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 Jul 23, 1997

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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 Central Africa approximately on 1675. Your profession was designer, engineering, and craftsman.

You were a seeker of truth and wisdom. You could have seen your future lives. Others perceived you as an idealist illuminating path to the future. You fulfill your lesson by helping old folks and children. You came to that life to learn to care about weak and helpless.

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