Where Does My Surname Come From? And Mean? My Surname Is James.


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James was originally a given name, and in many cases still is. It is a variant of the ancient Hebrew name Yaakov (Jacob.) The name is usually translated as "supplanter". It is supposed to have originally meant "heel grabber" based on the Biblical story of the brothers Jacob and Esau, where Jacob took over Esau's rights.
The name James has royal connotations as it has been the name of a number of Scottish and English kings.

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