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Origin and Meaning of Jack

"Jack" is a name of English origin, and it means "Diminutive form of John or Jackson". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jack
A large tree, the Artocarpus integrifolia, common in the East Indies, closely allied to the breadfruit, from which it differs in having its leaves entire. The fruit is of great size, weighing from thirty to forty pounds, and through its soft fibrous matter are scattered the seeds, which are roasted and eaten. The wood is of a yellow color, fine grain, and rather heavy, and is much used in cabinetwork. It is also used for dyeing a brilliant yellow.

Etymology: Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka

noun Jack
Senses
  1. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John."You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Rugby." [Shak.]
  2. An impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic." Jackfool." [Chaucer.]"Since every Jack became a gentleman, There 's many a gentle person made a Jack." [Shak.]
  3. A popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat.
  4. A mechanical contrivance, an auxiliary machine, or a subordinate part of a machine, rendering convenient service, and often supplying the place of a boy or attendant who was commonly called Jack
    1. A device to pull off boots.
    2. A sawhorse or sawbuck.
    3. A machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack.
    4. [Mining]
      A wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting.
    5. [Knitting Machine]
      A lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles.
    6. [Warping Machine]
      A grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box.
    7. [Spinning]
      A machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine.
    8. A compact, portable machine for planing metal.
    9. A machine for slicking or pebbling leather.
    10. A system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed.
    11. A hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught.
    12. In the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper.
    13. In hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself.
      C. Hallock.
  5. A portable machine variously constructed, for exerting great pressure, or lifting or moving a heavy body such as an automobile through a small distance. It consists of a lever, screw, rack and pinion, hydraulic press, or any simple combination of mechanical powers, working in a compact pedestal or support and operated by a lever, crank, capstan bar, etc. The name is often given to a jackscrew, which is a kind of jack.
  6. The small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls."Like an uninstructed bowler who thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straight forward upon it." [Sir W. Scott.]
  7. The male of certain animals, as of the ass.
  8. [Zoöl]
    1. A young pike; a pickerel.
    2. The jurel.
    3. A large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); -- called also boccaccio, and mérou.
    4. The wall-eyed pike.
  9. A drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint.(Prov. Eng)
  10. [Naut]
    1. A flag, containing only the union, without the fly, usually hoisted on a jack staff at the bowsprit cap; -- called also union jack. The American jack is a small blue flag, with a star for each State.
    2. A bar of iron athwart ships at a topgallant masthead, to support a royal mast, and give spread to the royal shrouds; -- called also jack crosstree.
  11. The knave of a suit of playing cards.
  12. plA game played with small (metallic, with tetrahedrally oriented spikes) objects (the jacks(1950+), formerly jackstones) that are tossed, caught, picked up, and arranged on a horizontal surface in various patterns; in the modern American game, the movements are accompanied by tossing or bouncing a rubber ball on the horizontal surface supporting the jacks. same as jackstones.
  13. Money.(slang)
  14. Apple jack.
  15. Brandy.

Note: Jack is used adjectively in various senses. It sometimes designates something cut short or diminished in size; as, a jack timber; a jack rafter; a jack arch, etc.

Etymology: F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. �, Heb. Ya 'aqōb Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. Jacobite Jockey

noun Jack
A coarse and cheap mediæval coat of defense, esp. one made of leather.

Etymology: F. jaque jacque, perh. from the proper name Jacques. Cf. Jacquerie

noun Jack
A pitcher or can of waxed leather; -- called also black jack.

Etymology: Named from its resemblance to a jack boot

verb Jack
To hunt game at night by means of a jack. See 2d Jack (n.), 4, (n.)
verb Jack
To move or lift, as a house, by means of a jack or jacks. See 2d Jack (n.), 5.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Male donkey
  2. Any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas
  3. Tool for exerting pressure or lifting
  4. One of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince
  5. Small flag indicating a ship's nationality
  6. Game equipment consisting of one of several small six-pointed metal pieces that are picked up while bouncing a ball in the game of jacks
  7. An electrical device consisting of a connector socket designed for the insertion of a plug
  8. A small ball at which players aim in lawn bowling
  9. Immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted
  10. Someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
  11. A man who serves as a sailor
  12. A small worthless amount ("you don't know jack")
  13. Hunt with a jacklight
  14. Lift with a special device ("jack up the car so you can change the tire")
Wiktionary

Popular pet form of John through a Middle English form Jankin; rarely also an anglicized form of French Jacques (equivalent of Jacob and James). Though the name was originally a pet form, it has become more of an independent name.

  1. A male given name, also used as a pet form of John.

See also Middle French Hennequin, Jannequin and Middle Dutch Janneken.

  1. A male given name, also used as a pet form of John.

From the common name above.

  1. (informal) a placeholder or conventional name for any man, particularly a younger, lower-class man
  2. (informal, archaic) a Jack Tar, a sailor
  3. (informal, archaic) a Jack Rum, a soldier

    Jack was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Swedish

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    How popular is the baby name Jack in the U.S.?

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    Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
    1880 204 0 204 #77 boy name
    1881 197 0 197 #73 boy name
    1882 271 0 271 #66 boy name
    1883 242 0 242 #65 boy name
    1884 274 0 274 #68 boy name
    1885 295 0 295 #61 boy name
    1886 299 0 299 #64 boy name
    1887 251 0 251 #68 boy name
    1888 329 0 329 #64 boy name
    1889 327 5 322 #60 boy name
    1890 373 5 368 #53 boy name
    1891 290 0 290 #62 boy name
    1892 401 0 401 #54 boy name
    1893 406 0 406 #50 boy name
    1894 441 0 441 #47 boy name
    1895 485 6 479 #46 boy name
    1896 544 5 539 #41 boy name
    1897 497 0 497 #42 boy name
    1898 633 0 633 #37 boy name
    1899 590 8 582 #35 boy name
    1900 1,058 5 1,053 #27 boy name
    1901 645 0 645 #32 boy name
    1902 753 10 743 #32 boy name
    1903 831 0 831 #28 boy name
    1904 916 8 908 #27 boy name
    1905 913 6 907 #28 boy name
    1906 886 6 880 #30 boy name
    1907 1,025 6 1,019 #26 boy name
    1908 1,092 6 1,086 #27 boy name
    1909 1,150 0 1,150 #27 boy name
    1910 1,591 15 1,576 #23 boy name
    1911 1,678 10 1,668 #25 boy name
    1912 2,890 20 2,870 #28 boy name
    1913 3,557 19 3,538 #28 boy name
    1914 4,508 22 4,486 #27 boy name
    1915 5,785 37 5,748 #27 boy name
    1916 6,205 43 6,162 #26 boy name
    1917 6,924 50 6,874 #22 boy name
    1918 8,382 40 8,342 #21 boy name
    1919 8,319 55 8,264 #21 boy name
    1920 9,659 60 9,599 #20 boy name
    1921 10,815 59 10,756 #18 boy name
    1922 10,910 65 10,845 #18 boy name
    1923 11,252 61 11,191 #17 boy name
    1924 11,999 75 11,924 #17 boy name
    1925 12,105 95 12,010 #17 boy name
    1926 12,285 84 12,201 #16 boy name
    1927 12,877 82 12,795 #16 boy name
    1928 12,590 96 12,494 #15 boy name
    1929 12,248 81 12,167 #14 boy name
    1930 12,518 87 12,431 #14 boy name
    1931 11,563 86 11,477 #15 boy name
    1932 10,770 51 10,719 #17 boy name
    1933 9,887 53 9,834 #17 boy name
    1934 10,028 43 9,985 #17 boy name
    1935 9,476 40 9,436 #18 boy name
    1936 8,877 21 8,856 #20 boy name
    1937 8,218 26 8,192 #23 boy name
    1938 8,178 38 8,140 #25 boy name
    1939 7,338 32 7,306 #26 boy name
    1940 7,066 20 7,046 #29 boy name
    1941 6,974 24 6,950 #32 boy name
    1942 7,383 23 7,360 #34 boy name
    1943 7,424 25 7,399 #34 boy name
    1944 7,274 21 7,253 #30 boy name
    1945 6,871 18 6,853 #32 boy name
    1946 7,822 21 7,801 #35 boy name
    1947 8,532 23 8,509 #37 boy name
    1948 7,626 14 7,612 #43 boy name
    1949 7,153 21 7,132 #47 boy name
    1950 6,854 15 6,839 #48 boy name
    1951 7,022 18 7,004 #48 boy name
    1952 6,947 9 6,938 #52 boy name
    1953 6,553 15 6,538 #57 boy name
    1954 6,488 19 6,469 #57 boy name
    1955 6,220 16 6,204 #60 boy name
    1956 6,066 13 6,053 #66 boy name
    1957 6,035 14 6,021 #67 boy name
    1958 5,310 12 5,298 #80 boy name
    1959 5,032 16 5,016 #85 boy name
    1960 4,932 15 4,917 #85 boy name
    1961 4,652 17 4,635 #90 boy name
    1962 4,184 14 4,170 #98 boy name
    1963 3,832 14 3,818
    1964 3,822 13 3,809 #99 boy name
    1965 3,221 22 3,199
    1966 2,973 9 2,964
    1967 2,801 13 2,788
    1968 2,708 13 2,695
    1969 2,628 17 2,611
    1970 2,589 16 2,573
    1971 2,377 11 2,366
    1972 1,920 17 1,903
    1973 1,862 10 1,852
    1974 1,662 8 1,654
    1975 1,754 7 1,747
    1976 1,681 14 1,667
    1977 1,688 15 1,673
    1978 1,597 17 1,580
    1979 1,604 17 1,587
    1980 1,643 13 1,630
    1981 1,620 8 1,612
    1982 1,637 14 1,623
    1983 1,542 19 1,523
    1984 1,490 8 1,482
    1985 1,535 12 1,523
    1986 1,519 6 1,513
    1987 1,665 17 1,648
    1988 1,660 12 1,648
    1989 1,721 7 1,714
    1990 1,831 0 1,831
    1991 1,954 9 1,945
    1992 2,076 8 2,068
    1993 2,420 0 2,420
    1994 2,782 5 2,777
    1995 3,450 5 3,445
    1996 4,249 6 4,243 #89 boy name
    1997 4,990 7 4,983 #76 boy name
    1998 6,385 11 6,374 #61 boy name
    1999 7,392 9 7,383 #52 boy name
    2000 8,128 7 8,121 #46 boy name
    2001 8,159 11 8,148 #48 boy name
    2002 9,011 13 8,998 #44 boy name
    2003 9,331 14 9,317 #45 boy name
    2004 9,605 27 9,578 #42 boy name
    2005 10,914 11 10,903 #34 boy name
    2006 10,857 21 10,836 #36 boy name
    2007 10,686 16 10,670 #38 boy name
    2008 9,908 15 9,893 #39 boy name
    2009 9,034 14 9,020 #42 boy name
    2010 8,524 7 8,517 #45 boy name
    2011 8,184 5 8,179 #45 boy name
    2012 7,944 10 7,934 #46 boy name
    2013 8,579 7 8,572 #40 boy name
    2014 8,751 9 8,742 #41 boy name
    2015 8,500 6 8,494 #40 boy name
    2016 8,410 11 8,399 #38 boy name
    2017 8,428 9 8,419 #35 boy name

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    Popularity of Jack as a last name

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    Common last names for Jack

    • Smith
    • Williams
    • Miller
    • Johnson
    • Brown
    • Davis
    • Jones
    • Wilson
    • Taylor
    • Moore
    • Martin
    • Anderson
    • Thompson
    • Harris
    • White
    • Thomas
    • Clark
    • Lewis
    • Walker
    • King

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Jack U.S.
      White 59.09% 64.26%
      African American 28.61% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.94% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 4.92% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.85% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Jack

    People with the last name Jack are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Jack

    • What name lists does Jack rank for?
    • How Popular is the name Jack? Jack is the 82nd most popular name of all time. In 2017 Jack was the 35th most popular name. As a last name Jack was the 2,382nd most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Jack have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 687,703 babies born with the first name Jack in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jack to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jack? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 204 new born babies.
    • When was Jack first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jack is Saturday, August 22nd, 1818.
    • What year had the most people named Jack born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jack was in 1927 with a total of 12,795 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jack!
    • Random Jack Factoid: According to the 1943 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jack ranks 41st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 435 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name as you in 1943.
    • Weird things about the name Jack: Your name in reverse order is Kcaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ckaj. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Jack? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,256 people with the last name Jack.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jack? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Jack as their last name.

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    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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