James

James - A popular male name



  Dec 10,2018      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

James, meaning supplanter, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #2. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named James and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name James? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name James. The baby boy name James was given to 13,271 baby boys in 2012, ranking #14 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 124 baby boys were given this name - making this a popular male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. James peaked in popularity 78 years ago in 1940 on position 1.



Famous with this name

James Franco
James McAvoy
Lily James


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James is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? James is currently topping the baby name charts in Alaska at position #1 - and is the least popular in Wyoming at position #48.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique James is where you live.


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  • BabyNameScience.com - Baby Name ExpertA few moments ago
    Looking for a popular and unique name? Just because James is a popular baby name it doesn't mean that every other kid on the block will have the same name. In fact, assuming that little James goes to a school with 500 kids there will actually be less than 2 other boys in that school with the same name. Unique and popular!

James origin and meaning

James is a 5 letter name with 1 syllables. This name means supplanter. To see famous people named James, pop culture references for the name James and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to James

We've found the following names that sound similar to James, sorted by popularity.

Jonas / Junius / Jennings / Jones / Junious / Jaymes / Juanjose / Jens / Johannes / Jessejames /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
201214
201117
201019
200918
200817
200715
200616
200517
200417
200318
200218
200119
200018
199919
199818
199717
199617
199517
199414
199314
19929
19917
19908
19899
19889
19878
19867
19857
19847
19836
19826
19817
19805
19795
19785
19775
19765
19754
19745
19734
19723
19712
19702
19693
19684
19673
19663
19654
19644
19634
19624
19614
19603
19593
19583
19572
19562
19553
19542
19532
19521
19511
19501
19491
19481
19471
19461
19451
19441
19431
19421
19411
19401
19392
19382
19372
19362
19352
19342
19332
19322
19312
19302
19292
19283
19273
19263
19254
19244
19234
19224
19214
19204
19193
19183
19173
19163
19153
19143
19133
19123
19113
19102

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Alaska1
Alabama2
Arkansas3
South Carolina3
Kentucky3
Mississippi4
Tennessee4
North Dakota4
District of Columbia5
Montana5
North Carolina7
Virginia7
Hawaii8
Utah8
Washington10
Georgia11
Indiana11
Ohio12
Maryland12
Connecticut12
Louisiana13
Kansas13
Maine14
Nebraska14
Massachusetts15
Oklahoma16
Pennsylvania16
Missouri16
Rhode Island17
Illinois17
Delaware18
New York19
Michigan19
South Dakota19
New Hampshire19
Colorado20
Iowa20
Oregon21
Minnesota22
New Jersey22
Florida23
West Virginia23
Idaho24
Texas29
Wisconsin29
Arizona33
Nevada34
California38
New Mexico42
Vermont47
Wyoming48

Even more about James


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is James a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a popular male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name James?

1 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1940
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name James
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 124
Letter count 5
Syllable count 1
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +13,271

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