Meaning and Origin of James - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: James

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Supplanter, substitute; the patron saint of Spain

Family name origins & meanings:

  • English : from a personal name that has the same origin asJacob. However, among English speakers, it is now felt to be a separate name in its own right. This is largely because in the Authorized Version of the Bible (1611) the form James is used in the New Testament as the name of two of Christ’s apostles (James the brother of John and James the brother of Andrew), whereas in the Old Testament the brother of Esau is called Jacob. The formJames comes from Latin Jacobus via Late LatinJac(o)mus, which also gave rise to Jaime, the regular form of the name in Spanish (as opposed to the learnedJacobo). See also Jack and Jackman. This is a common surname throughout the British Isles, particularly in South Wales.

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