What Does My Name 'James' Mean?


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The name James is thought to mean 'he who supplants'. To supplant is to take the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics.

The origin of this is believed to be ancient Hebrew. James is the English version of Jacob. The story goes that James, or Yacov in the ancient texts, tried to steal the birthright from his fraternal twin brother Esau.

In birth, as Esau's arm came out first, Jacob pulled him back in and came out fully first. Fortunately for Esau, the nurse put a string on his wrist to declare him firstborn, before Yacov pulled him back in. So it sounds like a disappointing origin.

But if you look at the first people called James, rather than the original Jacob, these are much more encouraging. Two of Christ's disciples have the name in the New Testament - James son of Zebedee and James son of Alphaeus.

In Britain, James has been a royal name from the beginning of the 15th century onwards. It has been particularly associated with the Scottish house of Stewart.

The people who have borne the name from that family have included James I of Scotland, who ruled from 1424 to 1437. He was a patron of the arts and a noted poet. King James VI of Scotland reigned from 1567 to 1625 and succeeded to the throne of England in 1603.

James II of England, who was on the throne from 1685 to 1688, was a Roman Catholic and was deposed in 1688 in favour of his daughter, Mary,, and her husband William of Orange. His son, (also called James), led a campaign to recover the throne. His followers were known as Jacobites (from Jacobus, the Latin form of James).
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anup maurya answered
James, pronounced 'jayms', is a very popular male first name. It is of English origin. Variant of Jacob (Hebrew) "he who supplants'. The source of the name is Iacobus, a Latin word meaning "One who trips up another and takes his place."

It is of Biblical origin, one of the 12 apostles of Jesus, who possibly was also a cousin of Jesus. The King James Bible is named in reference to James I of England (16th-17th century).

Nicknames of the name James include: Jaimey, Jaimie, Jamey, Jamie, Jaymie, and Jemmy. Famous personalities with the name include, James Joyce; actors James Mason, James Caviezel, James Gandolfini, Jimmy Stewart; entertainer Jimmy Durante; US Presidents Hames Buchanan, James Garfield, James Madison, James Polk, Jimmy Carter.
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Charming Gurl answered
James means

Supplanter (the more distasteful of the two meanings, is the word to describe a person who wrongfully or illegally takes the place of another). By the way, the origin of the name 'James' is Hebrew.
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Anonymous answered
You don't have to be Hebrew for your name to be James. My name is Anastasia - it's Greek and I am no where close to that. James means supplanter - to take the place of, and serve as a substitute especially by reason of superior excellence or power.
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Will Martin answered
Like many surnames, James is also (in fact, usually) a given name. It's a Scottish name, which was often given to Scottish royalty and nobility from the middle ages onwards.

However, its origins are much older than that: It's derived from the Old Hebrew name Jacob or Yaakov, which means "grab by the heel" or "supplanter." I think there are some Blurtit answers already on the name Jacob, so you could try typing it into the Blurtit search box.
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Cathryn Hayes answered
The name James means: Supplanter
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Anonymous answered
Yeah my names James and I'm not Hebrew, my parents just didn't like the name Danny so they called me James, which I think is pretty fair as the name Dan, just doesn't fly for my personality.

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