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Jack Name Meaning + Origins, Variations, & Reasons Why It’s Popular

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Curious about Jack name meaning and its origins? 

This baby boy name primarily means “God is gracious,” which originates as a diminutive of John, a biblical boy name

It also has links to the biblical names “Jacob” and “James.”

While Jack isn’t currently on the list of the most popular baby names by the SSA (Social Security Administration), it’s still a commonly used given name or nickname. (1)


Information About Jack

Jack Name Meaning

  • God is gracious” – variant of the name John
  • Supplanter” or “the one who replaces” – diminutive of “James” and “Jacob


It also has other meanings or connotations in other languages (see below).


Jack Meaning As A Celtic & Welsh Baby Name

  • Celtic name: “Healthy and strong”
  • Welsh name: “Health” (comes from the Welsh word “iach,” which means “health”)


What Is The Greek Meaning Of Jack?

It isn’t directly considered a Greek name but has some origins as a Greek and Latin variant of the Hebrew name “Yochanan” (John).


What Does The Scottish Name Jack Mean?

It’s also a diminutive of John as a Scottish name.


Jack Meaning As An English Baby Name

Jack is an English boy name that means “God is gracious.”

It was also used to mean “boy” or “man” during the Middle Ages, coming from the Norman name “Jackin” (man).


Jack Meaning As A Shakespearean Baby Name

It can mean “rebel” after Jack Cade, a character in William Shakespeare’s historical play, “Henry VI, Part 2.” 


Jack Meaning As A Polish Baby Name

Jack also means “God is gracious” as a Polish name.


Jack Meaning As A Hebrew Baby Name

Jack meanssupplanter” as a derivative of the Hebrew name “Jacob.”


Jack Meaning As A French Baby Name

Jack meanssupplanter” as a variant of the French boy nameJacques.


Jack Meaning As An American Baby Name

Jack is linked to “John” as an American baby name.

Due to its other meanings, Jack is also considered a metaphor for “any man” or “common man.” The best example of this is the term “jack of all trades,” which means “a man who knows a lot of trades or skills.”


Origin & History

The name Jack is a primarily English name that began as “John” in the Middle Ages

It went from “John” to “Johnkin” before becoming “Jankin.” The name then transformed to “Jackin” and later shortened to “Jack.”

It’s often considered a nickname for the given name John, yet it can also be a short boy name that can stand on its own as a first name. 

It also has links to “Jackson,” a first and last name that means “son of John” or “son of Jack.”

Jack might also have roots in names from Scotland or the Middle Ages, including “Jak,” “Jakke,” and “Jagge.” 



  • Jak” 


Is Jack A Last Name?

Yes. Jack is a common last name in Scotland and is also used in the US and England.

One of its variants, “Jackson,” is also commonly used as a first and last name.


What’s the Gender Of Jack?

It comes from the primarily masculine name John, but “Jack” (or its variations such as Jac) is considered a gender-neutral (can be used for any gender) or nonbinary name (doesn’t identify with one specific gender).

Certain variants, however, aren’t gender-free (e.g., “Jacob” is primarily male; “Jacqueline” and “Jacklyn” are girl names).


Jack Popularity Trend Over The Years

Jack* hasn’t been in the top 10 list of popular baby names in the US since 2000, but it’s still within the top 50. (1)

*Search for name popularity under “Items of Interest” on the SSA website ( (1)

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Jack Popularity In US States

Jack wasn’t listed in the top 5 in any US state for births from 1922 to 2021 (latest SSA data). (2)


Jack remains in the top 50 favorite names in the US. It’s popular because of its versatility as a first name, middle name, nickname, or last name.


FAQs About Jack Name Meaning

Is Jack A Biblical Name?

No. It isn’t found in the Bible, but it still has links to biblical names “John,” “James,” and “Jacob.”


What Does The Name Jack Mean In The Bible?

It’s derived from “John,” the apostle believed to be the author of the Book of John.” There are four other Johns in the Bible.

It also comes from “James” (another apostle) and “Jacob” (one of Israel’s founders and father of the 12 tribes).


Is Jack A Romantic Name?

Yes. It’s linked to Jack Dawson, the love interest of the “Titanic” character and survivor Rose DeWitt Bukater.


Is Jack A Royal Or Prince Name?

Jack is considered more of a knight’s name than a prince name.


What’s The Personality Of Someone Named Jack?

  • Chivalrous (with its links to knights) 
  • Religious and kind (with its links to biblical names)
  • Filled with health and energy (Celtic and Welsh origins)
  • Manly and hardworking (English and Norman origins)


Jack Boy Name Variations

  • Giacobo
  • Giacomo
  • Hans
  • Hansen
  • Hanson
  • Iacovo
  • Iago
  • Iaian
  • Ian
  • Ivan
  • Jac
  • Jaccob
  • Jachob
  • Jacinto
  • Jackin
  • Jackob
  • Jackson
  • Jaco
  • Jacob
  • Jacobb
  • Jacobi
  • Jacobo
  • Jacobson
  • Jacopo
  • Jacques
  • Jacub
  • Jaecob
  • Jaenda
  • Jaicob
  • Jake
  • Jakob
  • Jakub
  • Jalu
  • Janco
  • Janos
  • Jansen
  • Janson
  • Jantje
  • Jascha
  • Jeb
  • Jecis
  • Jehan
  • Jehann
  • Jeks
  • Jenkin
  • Jenkins
  • Jenkyn
  • Jenkyns
  • Jenner
  • Jennings
  • Jens
  • Jense
  • Jentz
  • Jeska
  • Jocek
  • Jock
  • Jocko
  • Jocob
  • Jocobb
  • Joen
  • Joenes
  • Joennes
  • Joenns
  • Johahn
  • Johan
  • Johanan
  • Johann
  • Johannan
  • Johannes
  • Johaun
  • John 
  • Johnavon
  • Johne
  • Johnnie
  • Johnny
  • Johnsie
  • Johnson
  • Johon
  • Jokubus
  • Jone
  • Jones
  • Joness
  • Jonesy
  • Jonnel
  • Jontavius
  • Jovan
  • Juan
  • Juho
  • Seain
  • Sean
  • Shane
  • Shawn
  • Yaacov
  • Yacov
  • Yago
  • Yakov
  • Yochanan
  • Zane


Jack Unisex & Girl Name Variations

  • Jackie
  • Jacklyn
  • Jacqueline
  • Jacoba
  • Jacobina
  • Jacobine
  • Jayme
  • Jian
  • Johane
  • Juha
  • Juhana
  • Juhanah
  • Juhanna
  • Juhannah


What Are Nicknames & Diminutives For The Name Jack?

  • Jackie
  • Jackers
  • John
  • Jacki
  • Jackie
  • Jacks
  • Jacky
  • Jake


Names You Can Pair With Jack

Middle Names For Boys To Pair With Jack

  • Anthony
  • Cyrus
  • David
  • Henry
  • Lee
  • Perry
  • Rafael
  • Richard
  • Xander


Suggested Twin Or Sibling Names

Jack’s Sister Names

  • Ava
  • Clara
  • Ella
  • Ivy
  • Jane
  • Jane
  • Kate
  • Rose
  • Sarah


Jack’s Brother Names

  • Alexander
  • Andrew
  • Ashton
  • August
  • Benjamin
  • Blair
  • Blake
  • Cameron
  • Carter
  • Daniel
  • Drew
  • Finn
  • Henry
  • Jude
  • Julian
  • Liam
  • Max
  • Owen
  • Riley
  • Samuel
  • Sidney
  • William


Rhyming Or Similar Names 

  • Jace
  • Jag
  • Jase
  • Jax
  • Jay
  • Josh
  • Mach
  • Zac
  • Zach
  • Zack
  • Zak 


Other Boy Names That Start with J

  • Jasper
  • Jeremiah
  • Jerry
  • Jonathan
  • Jordan
  • Jorge
  • Joshua
  • Jude
  • Judah
  • Jules
  • Justin


Famous Jack Celebrities & Figures

  • Jack Barakat – Lead guitarist of “All Time Low”
  • Jack BlackAmerican actor and musician
  • Jack Joseph Osbourne – English media personality
  • Jack Kerouac – American novelist and poet
  • Jack NicholsonAmerican Actor
  • Jack White – American singer-songwriter and producer


Famous Jackies & Other Name Variations

  • Jackie Chan – Hong Kong martial artist and actor
  • Jackie Fullerton – TV presenter in Ireland
  • JacquelineJackie” Kennedy – Former US First Lady 


Fictional Characters Named Jack In Pop Culture & Fiction

  • Captain Jack SparrowMain character in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie series
  • Jack in nursery rhymesJack and Jill,” “Little Jack Horner,” and “Jack Sprat
  • Jack in the fairytaleJack and the Beanstalk
  • Jack Dawson – Protagonist in the “Titanic” movie
  • Jack Hammer – Character in video gameAce Attorney” 
  • Jack Tripper – Character in the TV showThree’s Company


Celebrities Who Chose Jack Names For Their Babies

  • Chris Pratt and Anna Faris – Jack Pratt
  • Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis – Jack Depp


Celebrities With Jack As Last Name

  • Jarrett Jack – American professional basketball coach and former player
  • Jill Jack – American singer-songwriter


Celebrities & Other People Named Jackson

  • Jackson Browne – American singer-songwriter
  • Jackson Pollock – American painter


Jack In Songs

  • Captain Jack – Billy Joel
  • Hey Jack Kerouac – 10,000 Maniacs
  • Jack and Jill – Andrew Calhoun
  • Jack Names the Planets – Ash
  • Jack of All Trades – Hot Water Music
  • Jack on Fire – The Gun Club, Blanche


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