Jack Name Meaning

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Fact: In a deck of cards, the Jack is one of the face cards, representing a knight or a servant to the King and Queen.

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A Deep Dive

Jack Overview

Meaning

God is gracious

Gender

Boy

Origin

English

Etymology

Originally a medieval diminutive of the name John, which means “God is gracious.”

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/dʒæk/

Popularity

Jack’s a huge name all over, especially in English-speaking places. In 2023, it’s been a top 20 boys’ name in the USA.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

4 letters

Numerology

7 (Analytical, Studious, Knowledgeable)

Name Styles

Popular, Classic, Vintage, Short, Cool, Cute

Associated Traits

Brave, friendly, energetic, reliable

Spiritual, Religious, or Cultural Significance

The name Jack is often associated with Saint John, an important figure in Christianity.

Name Day

June 24th
A Deep Dive

Jack Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Jackson, Jacques, Jaxon, Jackie, John

Common Nicknames

Jacky, Jax, Jackie, Jack-Jack

Diminutives

J, Jace, Jay, Jacko, Jax

Famous People

  • Jack Nicholson
    (American Actor)
  • Jack London
    (American Author)
  • Jack Black
    (American Actor and Comedian)
  • Jack Dorsey
    (American Entrepreneur)
  • Jack Johnson
    (American Musician)
  • Jack White
    (American Musician)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Jack Sparrow
    ("Pirates of the Caribbean," Film Series)
  • "Jack Reacher"
    (Film)
  • Jack Torrance
    ("The Shining," Film)
  • "Jack and the Beanstalk"
    (Fairy Tale)
  • Jack Shephard
    ("Lost," TV Series)

Places

  • Jack City
    (Alabama, USA)
  • Jack London Square
    (California, USA)
  • Jack River
    (Victoria, Australia)
  • Jack Creek
    (Texas, USA)
  • Jack Mountain
    (Washington, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Jack?

Jack means “God is gracious” or “supplanter.” The name often signifies traits that are kind, generous, and determined, reflecting a sense of strength and reliability.

What Is the Origin of The Name Jack?

Jack has English origins. It is derived from the name John, which comes from the Hebrew name Yochanan. Jack started as a nickname for John and Jacob but eventually became a standalone name, widely used in English-speaking countries.

Jack Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Jack in the U.S. over the Years

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Top 3 Rankings#112021#141929#141930

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Jack

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202314
(+1 from 2022)
8683
(-238 from 2022)
0.47418
202215
(-4 from 2021)
8921
(-636 from 2021)
0.47630
202111
(+10 from 2020)
9557
(+622 from 2020)
0.51009
202021
(-2 from 2019)
8935
(-460 from 2019)
0.48306
201919
(+9 from 2018)
9395
(+505 from 2018)
0.48887
201828
(+7 from 2017)
8890
(+416 from 2017)
0.45736
201735
(+3 from 2016)
8474
(+45 from 2016)
0.42817
201638
(+2 from 2015)
8429
(-83 from 2015)
0.41612
201540
(+1 from 2014)
8512
(-239 from 2014)
0.41635
201441
(-1 from 2013)
8751
(+175 from 2013)
0.42704
201340
(+6 from 2012)
8576
(+637 from 2012)
0.42441
201246
(-1 from 2011)
7939
(-245 from 2011)
0.39124
201145
No change from 2010
8184
(-335 from 2010)
0.40287
201045
(-3 from 2009)
8519
(-510 from 2009)
0.41467
200942
(-3 from 2008)
9029
(-868 from 2008)
0.42571
200839
(-1 from 2007)
9897
(-774 from 2007)
0.45390
200738
(-2 from 2006)
10671
(-166 from 2006)
0.48175
200636
(-2 from 2005)
10837
(-68 from 2005)
0.49431
200534
(+8 from 2004)
10905
(+1324 from 2004)
0.51261
200442
(+3 from 2003)
9581
(+265 from 2003)
0.45335
200345
(-1 from 2002)
9316
(+317 from 2002)
0.44337
200244
(+4 from 2001)
8999
(+850 from 2001)
0.43544
200148
(-2 from 2000)
8149
(+26 from 2000)
0.39397
200046
(+6 from 1999)
8123
(+737 from 1999)
0.38897
199952
(+9 from 1998)
7386
(+1010 from 1998)
0.36224
199861
(+15 from 1997)
6376
(+1392 from 1997)
0.31445
199776
(+13 from 1996)
4984
(+739 from 1996)
0.24948
199689
(+21 from 1995)
4245
(+797 from 1995)
0.21186
1995110
(+17 from 1994)
3448
(+668 from 1994)
0.17143
1994127
(+16 from 1993)
2780
(+360 from 1993)
0.13638
1993143
(+11 from 1992)
2420
(+350 from 1992)
0.11716
1992154
(+12 from 1991)
2070
(+122 from 1991)
0.09861
1991166
No change from 1990
1948
(+112 from 1990)
0.09190
1990166
(+12 from 1989)
1836
(+120 from 1989)
0.08531
1989178
(-7 from 1988)
1716
(+64 from 1988)
0.08187
1988171
(-7 from 1987)
1652
(-3 from 1987)
0.08251
1987164
(+11 from 1986)
1655
(+135 from 1986)
0.08486
1986175
No change from 1985
1520
(-3 from 1985)
0.07910
1985175
(-2 from 1984)
1523
(+41 from 1984)
0.07914
1984173
(-1 from 1983)
1482
(-43 from 1983)
0.07897
1983172
(-6 from 1982)
1525
(-95 from 1982)
0.08183
1982166
No change from 1981
1620
(+5 from 1981)
0.08584
1981166
(-8 from 1980)
1615
(-11 from 1980)
0.08672
1980158
(+3 from 1979)
1626
(+46 from 1979)
0.08767
1979161
(-5 from 1978)
1580
(+2 from 1978)
0.08820
1978156
(-7 from 1977)
1578
(-95 from 1977)
0.09236
1977149
No change from 1976
1673
(+8 from 1976)
0.09787
1976149
(-7 from 1975)
1665
(-79 from 1975)
0.10199
1975142
(+7 from 1974)
1744
(+94 from 1974)
0.10750
1974149
(-11 from 1973)
1650
(-199 from 1973)
0.10121
1973138
(+4 from 1972)
1849
(-54 from 1972)
0.11459
1972142
(-10 from 1971)
1903
(-463 from 1971)
0.11368
1971132
(-3 from 1970)
2366
(-198 from 1970)
0.13015
1970129
(-7 from 1969)
2564
(-44 from 1969)
0.13461
1969122
(-12 from 1968)
2608
(-82 from 1968)
0.14258
1968110
(+2 from 1967)
2690
(-92 from 1967)
0.15151
1967112
(-6 from 1966)
2782
(-182 from 1966)
0.15634
1966106
(-2 from 1965)
2964
(-234 from 1965)
0.16307
1965104
(-5 from 1964)
3198
(-611 from 1964)
0.16880
196499
(+3 from 1963)
3809
(-5 from 1963)
0.18791
1963102
(-4 from 1962)
3814
(-358 from 1962)
0.18473
196298
(-8 from 1961)
4172
(-465 from 1961)
0.19851
196190
(-5 from 1960)
4637
(-278 from 1960)
0.21498
196085
No change from 1959
4915
(-101 from 1959)
0.22698
195985
(-5 from 1958)
5016
(-283 from 1958)
0.23153
195880
(-13 from 1957)
5299
(-724 from 1957)
0.24591
195767
(-1 from 1956)
6023
(-30 from 1956)
0.27516
195666
(-6 from 1955)
6053
(-147 from 1955)
0.28203
195560
(-3 from 1954)
6200
(-274 from 1954)
0.29661
195457
No change from 1953
6474
(-65 from 1953)
0.31288
195357
(-5 from 1952)
6539
(-399 from 1952)
0.32659
195252
(-4 from 1951)
6938
(-65 from 1951)
0.35160
195148
No change from 1950
7003
(+164 from 1950)
0.36633
195048
(-1 from 1949)
6839
(-289 from 1949)
0.37602
194947
(-4 from 1948)
7128
(-484 from 1948)
0.39556
194843
(-6 from 1947)
7612
(-895 from 1947)
0.42698
194737
(-2 from 1946)
8507
(+705 from 1946)
0.45796
194635
(-3 from 1945)
7802
(+947 from 1945)
0.47274
194532
(-3 from 1944)
6855
(-400 from 1944)
0.49984
194429
(+5 from 1943)
7255
(-143 from 1943)
0.52226
194334
No change from 1942
7398
(+35 from 1942)
0.50859
194234
(-2 from 1941)
7363
(+413 from 1941)
0.52283
194132
(-3 from 1940)
6950
(-100 from 1940)
0.55385
194029
(-3 from 1939)
7050
(-255 from 1939)
0.59435
193926
(-1 from 1938)
7305
(-837 from 1938)
0.64457
193825
(-2 from 1937)
8142
(-54 from 1937)
0.71642
193723
(-3 from 1936)
8196
(-661 from 1936)
0.74942
193620
(-2 from 1935)
8857
(-581 from 1935)
0.83219
193518
(-1 from 1934)
9438
(-548 from 1934)
0.88239
193417
No change from 1933
9986
(+149 from 1933)
0.94036
193317
No change from 1932
9837
(-880 from 1932)
0.96423
193217
(-2 from 1931)
10717
(-772 from 1931)
0.99746
193115
(-1 from 1930)
11489
(-939 from 1930)
1.07396
193014
No change from 1929
12428
(+261 from 1929)
1.10030
192914
(+1 from 1928)
12167
(-327 from 1928)
1.09849
192815
(+1 from 1927)
12494
(-308 from 1927)
1.09485
192716
No change from 1926
12802
(+607 from 1926)
1.10180
192616
(+1 from 1925)
12195
(+184 from 1925)
1.06465
192517
No change from 1924
12011
(+90 from 1924)
1.04315
192417
No change from 1923
11921
(+731 from 1923)
1.01973
192317
(+1 from 1922)
11190
(+343 from 1922)
0.98828
192218
No change from 1921
10847
(+90 from 1921)
0.96401
192118
(+2 from 1920)
10757
(+1158 from 1920)
0.94531
192020
(+1 from 1919)
9599
(+1336 from 1919)
0.87202
191921
No change from 1918
8263
(-78 from 1918)
0.81383
191821
(+1 from 1917)
8341
(+1467 from 1917)
0.79540
191722
(+4 from 1916)
6874
(+712 from 1916)
0.71656
191626
(+1 from 1915)
6162
(+414 from 1915)
0.66743
191527
No change from 1914
5748
(+1262 from 1914)
0.65250
191427
(+1 from 1913)
4486
(+948 from 1913)
0.65650
191328
No change from 1912
3538
(+668 from 1912)
0.65977
191228
(-3 from 1911)
2870
(+1202 from 1911)
0.63572
191125
(-2 from 1910)
1668
(+92 from 1910)
0.69098
191023
(+4 from 1909)
1576
(+426 from 1909)
0.75582
190927
No change from 1908
1150
(+64 from 1908)
0.65022
190827
(-1 from 1907)
1086
(+67 from 1907)
0.65277
190726
(+4 from 1906)
1019
(+139 from 1906)
0.64256
190630
(-2 from 1905)
880
(-27 from 1905)
0.61083
190528
(-1 from 1904)
907
(-1 from 1904)
0.63323
190427
(+1 from 1903)
908
(+77 from 1903)
0.65558
190328
(+4 from 1902)
831
(+88 from 1902)
0.64258
190232
No change from 1901
743
(+98 from 1901)
0.55970
190132
(-5 from 1900)
645
(-408 from 1900)
0.55800
190027
(+8 from 1899)
1053
(+471 from 1899)
0.64950
189935
(+2 from 1898)
582
(-51 from 1898)
0.50523
189837
(+5 from 1897)
633
(+136 from 1897)
0.47919
189742
(-2 from 1896)
497
(-42 from 1896)
0.40757
189640
(+6 from 1895)
539
(+60 from 1895)
0.41760
189546
(+1 from 1894)
479
(+38 from 1894)
0.37823
189447
(+3 from 1893)
441
(+36 from 1893)
0.35311
189350
(+4 from 1892)
405
(+4 from 1892)
0.33460
189254
(+8 from 1891)
401
(+111 from 1891)
0.30505
189162
(-9 from 1890)
290
(-78 from 1890)
0.26541
189053
(+7 from 1889)
368
(+46 from 1889)
0.30744
188960
(+4 from 1888)
322
(-7 from 1888)
0.27052
188864
(+4 from 1887)
329
(+78 from 1887)
0.25326
188768
(-4 from 1886)
251
(-48 from 1886)
0.22962
188664
(-3 from 1885)
299
(+4 from 1885)
0.25117
188561
(+7 from 1884)
295
(+21 from 1884)
0.25443
188468
(-3 from 1883)
274
(+32 from 1883)
0.22324
188365
(+1 from 1882)
242
(-29 from 1882)
0.21516
188266
(+7 from 1881)
271
(+74 from 1881)
0.22207
188173
(+4 from 1880)
197
(-7 from 1880)
0.18194
188077
First SSA data recorded
204
First SSA data recorded
0.17230

American States Popularity Rankings for Jack

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

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New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#112021#112022#92023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#562021#632022#612023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#152021#132022#162023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#152021#112022#112023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#102021#122022#112023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#82021#122022#62023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#192021#152022#272023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#392021#352022#312023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#102021#242022#142023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#152021#212022#202023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#442021#432022#422023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#272021#172022#332023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#182021#102022#72023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#112021#252022#162023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#212021#232022#162023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#62021#62022#62023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#72021#72022#102023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#172021#192022#252023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#102021#82022#62023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#52021#72022#52023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#242021#282022#292023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#262021#342022#212023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#92021#82022#92023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#112021#162022#112023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#512021#592022#432023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#312021#512022#262023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#122021#132022#112023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#242021#212022#212023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#72021#82022#92023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#232021#192022#242023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#32021#82022#62023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#232021#492022#272023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#412021#332022#492023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#392021#322022#402023

Connecticut (CT)

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Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#52021#152022#232023

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#152021#122022#152023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#1102021#812022#992023

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#92021#142022#132023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#92021#142022#82023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#122021#102022#182023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#272021#432022#442023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#52021#82022#132023

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#112021#512022#22023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#122021#72022#32023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#132021#132022#322023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#272021#102022#132023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#262021#342022#452023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#82021#92022#262023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#62021#92022#102023

Popularity Rankings for Jack in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Scotland

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Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#12021#22022#22023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#12021#12022#12023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#32021#62022#112023

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#32021#42022#42023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#42021#52022#52023

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#82019#102020#132021

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

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Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#312020#442021#512022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#432021#392022#412023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#732020#722021#732022

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1591957#1731958#1861959

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#2372020#2872021#2242023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#2792020#2542021#3342022

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#2812021#3082022#3102023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#3262018#4982019#4592022

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#3322021#3752022#4042023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Jack a Name for Boys or Girls?

Jack is a boy’s name. Its strong, straightforward sound and historical use for males make it a widely used name for boys.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Jack

Jack in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Jack Nicholson (Actor, born 1937): An American actor celebrated for his roles in "The Shining," "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," and many other iconic films.
  • Jack London (Author, 1876–1916): An American novelist and journalist best remembered for his novels "The Call of the Wild" and "White Fang."
  • Jack Black (Actor, born 1969): An American actor and comedian recognized for his roles in "School of Rock" and "Jumanji."
  • Jack Dorsey (Entrepreneur, born 1976): An American technology entrepreneur and co-founder of Twitter and Square.
  • Jack Johnson (Musician, born 1975): An American singer-songwriter and former professional surfer noted for his acoustic pop and folk music.
  • Jack White (Musician, born 1975): An American musician and lead vocalist of the rock band The White Stripes.
  • Jack Lemmon (Actor, 1925–2001): An American actor acclaimed for his work in films such as "Some Like It Hot" and "The Odd Couple."
  • Jack Kirby (Comic Book Artist, 1917–1994): An American comic book artist and writer who co-created many famous Marvel and DC Comics characters.
  • Jack Hanna (Zookeeper, born 1947): An American zookeeper and television personality appreciated for his animal shows and conservation efforts.
  • Jack Kilby (Inventor, 1923–2005): An American electrical engineer who invented the integrated circuit, earning a Nobel Prize in Physics.
  • Jack Sparrow ("Pirates of the Caribbean," 2003 Film Series): A cunning and eccentric pirate captain on various adventurous quests.
  • "Jack Reacher" (2012 Film): A former military police major who investigates complex cases with his sharp intellect and combat skills.
  • Jack Torrance ("The Shining," 1980 Film): A writer and recovering alcoholic who becomes the winter caretaker of the haunted Overlook Hotel.
  • "Jack and the Beanstalk" (Fairy Tale): A classic story about a boy named Jack who trades a cow for magic beans that grow into a giant beanstalk.
  • Jack Shephard ("Lost," 2004 TV Series): A spinal surgeon and the de facto leader of the survivors of Oceanic Flight 815.
  • "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (1968 Song by The Rolling Stones): A rock song with energetic and rebellious themes.
  • Jack Dawson ("Titanic," 1997 Film): A free-spirited artist who falls in love with an upper-class woman on the ill-fated ship.
  • Jack Ryan ("Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan," 2018 TV Series): A CIA analyst who finds himself thrust into dangerous field assignments.
  • "Jack of Fables" (2006 Comic Book Series): A spin-off of the "Fables" series focusing on Jack Horner and his adventures.
  • Jack Bauer ("24," 2001 TV Series): A counterterrorism agent who thwarts various plots against the United States.
  • Jack Skellington ("The Nightmare Before Christmas," 1993 Film): The Pumpkin King of Halloween Town who becomes fascinated with Christmas.
  • "Jack the Giant Slayer" (2013 Film): A fantasy adventure film where Jack embarks on a quest to rescue a princess from giants.
  • Jack City (Alabama, USA): A small town in Coffee County known for its close-knit community and rural charm.
  • Jack London Square (California, USA): A popular waterfront area in Oakland known for its restaurants, shops, and ferry terminal.
  • Jack River (Victoria, Australia): A river in southeastern Victoria known for its scenic beauty and fishing opportunities.
  • Jack Creek (Texas, USA): A creek in Texas known for its clear waters and recreational activities like fishing and kayaking.
  • Jack Mountain (Washington, USA): A mountain in the North Cascades known for its challenging climbs and stunning vistas.
  • Jack Park (Florida, USA): A public park in Jacksonville known for its playgrounds, sports facilities, and community events.
  • Jack Lake (Ontario, Canada): A lake in Ontario popular for boating, fishing, and its serene natural setting.
  • Jack Canyon (Arizona, USA): A canyon in northern Arizona known for its rugged beauty and hiking opportunities.

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