Baby Names: Names Starting with J


JOLIE: French for "pretty." The "J" is pronounced as the French do, with the emphasis on the second syllable. Relatives: Jolene, Joline. Namesake: Jolie Gabor.

JONAS: Hebrew for "dove." Jonas connotes wisdom, whereas Jonah will forever be linked with the ride in the belly of a whale. Relatives: Jonah, Yonas, Yonah. Namesake: Jonas Salk

JONATHAN: Hebrew for "God's gift." Jonathan provides a more formal alternative to John and gives you the added nickname possibilities associated with Nathan. Relatives: John, Johnny, Jon, Nathan, Nate, Nat. Namesakes: Jonathan Swift, Jonathan Winters.

JORDAN: Hebrew for "descender." There is the country Jordan and the river Jordan for geography enthusiasts. As a first name, it carries a sense of strength. Relatives: Jordana, Jordanna, Jourdan, Jourdain, Giordano, Jordy, Jordie, Jory. Namesakes: Jordan Marsh, Barbatra Jordan, Louis Jourdan, Jordan River.

JOSEPH: From the Hebrew for "He shall add." Saint Joseph is the patron saint of carpenters. Relatives: Josef, Yoseph, Yosayf, Jose Joe, Joey, Josie, Josiah, Josias, Jessup, Giuseppe, Isoep, Iosef, Seosaidh, Osip, Pepe, Pepito. Namesakes: Saint Joseph, Joseph Heller, Joe DiMaggio, Pal Joey.

JOSEPHINE: From the Hebrew for "He shall increase" and a feminine version of Joseph. The most famous Josephine was Napoleon's beloved empress. * Relatives: Josefine, Josefina, Josepha, Josephe, Josefa, Joette, Josette, Josetta, Josie, Josey, Jo Guiseppina, Pepita, Fifi. Namesakes: Empress Josephine, Josephine Baker, "Jo March."

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