Baby Names: Names Starting with J

Baby Names Starting with J

JACOB: From the Hebrew for "the supplanter" or "held by the heel." Jacob was the patriarch of the founders of the twelve tribes of Isael. Relatives: Jakob, Jacobo, Jacoba, Jacobson, Jacobi, Jacobine, Jacobina, Jayme, Jacques, Jacinto, Jascha, Jake, Jack, Jackson, Jeb, Cob, Cobb, Giacobo, Giacomo, Iago, Iacovo, Yago, Yaacov, Yacov, Yakov. Namesakes: son of Abraham, Jackson Browne, Jackson Pollock, Yakov Smirnoff, Max Jacob.

JACQUELINE: A feminine variation of Jacob or James. A timeless name with a hint of a distinguished pedigree. Relatives: Jacquelyn, Jackelyn, Jacklin, Jaklyn, Jaclyn, Jackie, Jackey, Jackee, Jacqui, Jacquetta, Jacquith. Namesakes: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Jacqueline Bisset, Jackie Collins.

JADE: Spanish for "stone of the loins." A semiprecous stone prized in the Orient for its rich green color and as a good-luck charm. Relatives: Ijada, Jada. Namesake: Jade Jagger.

JAMES: An English variation of Jacob and the patron saint of Spain. This ever-popular name is always in good taste. Relatives: Jaymes, Jaime, Jamie, Jaymie, Jaimie, Jamsey, Jameson Jamey, Jan, Jay, Jim, Jimmy, Jimmie, Jimbo, Diego, Giacomo, Seamus, Sheamus, Shamus, Hamish, Santiago. Namesakes: King James, James Joyce, James Stewart, James Dean, Jimmy Carter, Jimmy Cagney, Jimi Hendrix, Diego Rivera.

JANE: Hebrew for "God is gracious" and a feminine version of John. Jane is a true classic. The hefty list of variations belies the simplicity of "plain" Jane. Relatives: Jayne, Jain, Jan, Janet, Janot, Jannette, Janina, Janine, Jean, Jeanne, Jeannie, Jeanine, Jeanie, Jeanette, Jennette, Janice, Janyce, Janis, Janith, Janna, Jina (Sanskrit for "victory"), Joan, Joanna, Jo Ann, Johanna, Joann, Joanne, Jovanna, Joni, Janie, Janey, Gianina, Giovanna, Juana, Juanita, Sinead, Shena, Sheena, Sine, Seonaid. Namesakes: Jane Austen, Jane Fonda, Jane Seymour, Jane Pauley, Jayne Mansfield, Jan Stuart, Joan Crawford, Joan of Arc, Joan Sutherland, Joan Baez, Joanne Woodward, Janis Joplin, Jane Eyre, "Bonnie Jean."

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