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Jack

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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 291 0 291 #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 9,660 60 9,600 #20 boy name
1921 10,813 59 10,754 #18 boy name
1922 10,911 65 10,846 #18 boy name
1923 11,256 61 11,195 #17 boy name
1924 11,996 75 11,921 #17 boy name
1925 12,107 95 12,012 #17 boy name
1926 12,285 84 12,201 #16 boy name
1927 12,879 82 12,797 #16 boy name
1928 12,587 96 12,491 #15 boy name
1929 12,246 80 12,166 #14 boy name
1930 12,521 88 12,433 #14 boy name
1931 11,560 85 11,475 #15 boy name
1932 10,765 51 10,714 #17 boy name
1933 9,888 53 9,835 #17 boy name
1934 10,029 43 9,986 #17 boy name
1935 9,473 40 9,433 #18 boy name
1936 8,878 21 8,857 #20 boy name
1937 8,217 26 8,191 #23 boy name
1938 8,177 38 8,139 #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 7,275 21 7,254 #29 boy name
1945 6,871 18 6,853 #32 boy name
1946 7,822 21 7,801 #35 boy name
1947 8,531 23 8,508 #37 boy name
1948 7,631 14 7,617 #43 boy name
1949 7,153 21 7,132 #47 boy name
1950 6,862 15 6,847 #48 boy name
1951 7,016 18 6,998 #48 boy name
1952 6,941 9 6,932 #52 boy name
1953 6,558 15 6,543 #57 boy name
1954 6,487 19 6,468 #57 boy name
1955 6,219 16 6,203 #60 boy name
1956 6,068 13 6,055 #66 boy name
1957 6,035 14 6,021 #67 boy name
1958 5,314 12 5,302 #80 boy name
1959 5,040 16 5,024 #85 boy name
1960 4,933 15 4,918 #85 boy name
1961 4,657 17 4,640 #90 boy name
1962 4,183 14 4,169 #99 boy name
1963 3,831 14 3,817
1964 3,824 13 3,811 #99 boy name
1965 3,224 22 3,202
1966 2,972 9 2,963
1967 2,802 13 2,789
1968 2,713 13 2,700
1969 2,630 17 2,613
1970 2,594 16 2,578
1971 2,379 11 2,368
1972 1,920 17 1,903
1973 1,863 10 1,853
1974 1,662 8 1,654
1975 1,754 7 1,747
1976 1,681 14 1,667
1977 1,690 15 1,675
1978 1,598 17 1,581
1979 1,603 17 1,586
1980 1,642 13 1,629
1981 1,618 8 1,610
1982 1,635 14 1,621
1983 1,541 19 1,522
1984 1,488 8 1,480
1985 1,534 12 1,522
1986 1,518 6 1,512
1987 1,664 17 1,647
1988 1,659 12 1,647
1989 1,719 7 1,712
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 2,781 5 2,776
1995 3,450 5 3,445
1996 4,250 6 4,244 #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 9,009 13 8,996 #44 boy name
2003 9,330 14 9,316 #45 boy name
2004 9,605 27 9,578 #42 boy name
2005 10,913 11 10,902 #34 boy name
2006 10,857 21 10,836 #36 boy name
2007 10,682 16 10,666 #38 boy name
2008 9,907 15 9,892 #39 boy name
2009 9,031 14 9,017 #42 boy name
2010 8,523 7 8,516 #45 boy name
2011 8,182 5 8,177 #45 boy name
2012 7,937 10 7,927 #46 boy name
2013 8,571 7 8,564 #40 boy name
2014 8,735 9 8,726 #41 boy name
2015 8,462 6 8,456 #40 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Jack

  • How many people with the first name Jack have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 670,805 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 12,797 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jack!
  • Random Jack Factoid: According to the 1967 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jack ranks 60th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 14 babies in Nevada have the same name as you in 1967.
  • 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 Acjk. 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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Popularity of Jack as a first 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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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

English

Origin and Meaning of Jack

The name "Jack" is 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")

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

    Notable Persons With the Name Jack

    Jack the Ripper

    Jack the Ripper is a famed somebody. Jack is also known as The Whitechapel Murderer" and Leather Apron".

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    Jack Nicholson

    Jack Nicholson is an actor and filmmaker. His most notable accomplishments were from 1957 to 2010. Jack was given the name John Joseph Nicholson on April 22nd, 1937 in Neptune City, New Jersey, U.S.

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    Jack Ma

    Jack Ma is a founder, chairman of alibaba group, alibaba group, and chairman ofalibaba group. Jack was born on September 10th, 1964 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China.

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    Jack Black

    Jack Black is an actor, comedian, musician, and record producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1982. Jack was given the name Thomas Jacob Black on August 28th, 1969 in Santa Monica, California.

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    Jack Wilshere

    Jack Wilshere is a soccer player for the Arsenal F.C., Luton Town F.C., Arsenal F.C. Academy, Bolton Wanderers F.C., England national under-16 football team, England national under-17 football team, and England national under-19 football team. Jack was born on January 1st, 1992 in Stevenage, England. Jack is also known as Wilshere and Jack Andrew Garry.

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    Jack White

    Jack White is a musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He holds the title Seven Nation Army" excerpt. He was most prominent from 1987 to present. Jack was given the name John Anthony Gillis on July 9th, 1975 in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.

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    • Jack Ruby
      (nightclub operator)
    • Jack Kerouac
      (novelist)
    • Jack Lemmon
      (actor)
    • Jack Whitehall
      (comedian)
    • Jack London
      (novelist)
    • Jack Huston
      (actor)
    • Jack Churchill
      (military person)
    • Jack Gleeson
      (actor)
    • Jackie Earle Haley
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    • Jack O'Connell
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    • Jack Dorsey
      (ceo of square)
    • Jack Kirby
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    • Jack McBrayer
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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Jack

    Jarrett Jack

    Jarrett Jack is a basketball player for the Brooklyn Nets, Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Toronto Raptors, New Orleans Pelicans, Golden State Warriors, and Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association. He has had major accomplishments since 2005. Jarrett was born on October 28th, 1983 in Fort Washington, Maryland.

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    Wolfman Jack

    Wolfman Jack was a radio personality. Wolfman was given the name Robert Weston Smith on January 21st, 1938 in Brooklyn. He left this life on July 1st, 1995.

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    New Jack

    New Jack is a wrestler. New was born on January 5th, 1963 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

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    Badou Jack

    Badou Jack is a famed individual. Badou was born on October 31st, 1983 in Stockholm, Sweden.

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    Myles Jack

    Myles Jack is an athlete. Myles was born on September 3rd, 1995 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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    Barnaby Jack

    Barnaby Jack was a hacker, computer security professional, programmer, and hacker (computer security). Barnaby was given the name Barnaby Michael Douglas Jack on November 22nd, 1977 in Auckland. Barnaby is also known as Jack and Barnaby Michael Douglas. He died on July 25th, 2013.

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    What does the name Jack mean?

    Jis for jubilant, the upbeat you!

    Ais for aware, of your surroundings

    Cis for compatible, a friend's friend.

    Kis for knowledge, an avid learner

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