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Behind the NameEnglish form of the Late Latin name Iacomus which was derived from Ιακωβος (Iakobos), the New Testament Greek form of the Hebrew name Ya'aqov (see JACOB). This was the name of two apostles in the New Testament. The first was Saint James the Greater, the apostle John's brother, who was beheaded under Herod Agrippa in the Book of Acts. The second was James the Lesser, son of Alphaeus. Another James (known as James the Just) is also mentioned in the Bible as being the brother of Jesus.Since the 13th century this form of the name has been used in England, though it became more common in Scotland, where it was borne by several kings. In the 17th century the Scottish king James VI inherited the English throne, becoming the first ruler of all Britain, and the name grew much more popular. Famous bearers include the explorer Captain James Cook (1728-1779), the inventor James Watt (1736-1819), and the novelist and poet James Joyce (1882-1941). This name has also been borne by six American presidents. A notable fictional bearer is the British spy James Bond, created by author Ian Fleming.-Masculine
DictionaryAlso called James the Great. one of the 12 apostles, the son of Zebedee and brother of the apostle John. Matt. 4:21.-Masculine
Baby ZoneSupplanter; variant of Jacob. Two of Christ''''s disciples, son of Zebedee and son of Alphaeus, were named James. In Britain, James is a royal name associated with kings of England and Scotland.--
My Baby Name'King John' James Jurney, servant to Lady Faulconbridge. 'King Richard III' Sir James Tyrrel. 'King Richard III' Sir James Blount.ShakespeareanMasculine
Baby Names CountryThe Hebrew name James means - supplanter, substitute. Bible: James the Great and James the Less were two of the Twelve ApostlesHebrew-
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Search for Ancestors (Origin Hebrew) The same as Jacob, he that supplants.-N/A
Ancestry English: from a personal name that has the same origin as Jacob. However, among English speakers, it is now felt to be a separate name in its own right. This is largely because in the Authorized Version of the Bible (1611) the form James is used in the New Testament as the name of two of Christ’s apostles (James the brother of John and James the brother of Andrew), whereas in the Old Testament the brother of Esau is called Jacob. The form James comes from Latin Jacobus via Late Latin Jac(o)mus, which also gave rise to Jaime, the regular form of the name in Spanish (as opposed to the learned Jacobo). See also Jack and Jackman. This is a common surname throughout the British Isles, particularly in South Wales.-N/A
Behind the Surname Derived from the given name JAMES.-N/A

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