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Quick Facts on Jack

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 40
Simple meaning:
God is gracious

Characteristics of Jack

  • Mystical
  • Wise
  • Eccentric
  • Intuitive
  • Imaginative
  • Philosophical
  • Solitary

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jack

The name Jack started out as a pet form for the name John (which in Middle English was spelled Jehan and was morphed into the nickname Jankin which would later become Jack). John is derived from the Hebrew name “Johahah” meaning ‘God is gracious.’ In Scotland, they used the pet form “Jock.” Jack also has a history of being used as a nickname for James, as well; although not as common. Jack has become a well-established first name in its own right, having been bestowed for at least a couple of centuries. The name is wildly popular in the U.K. Based on 2009 data; Jack was the #1 name for boys in Scotland and Ireland, and ranked #2 in England, Wales and Australia. That’s some serious popularity. In the meantime, over in North America, Jack is a Top 20 name in Canada and a Top 50 name in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Jack

Jack has been used as a given name in the United States at least since the government began tracking naming patterns in 1890. At the turn of the 20th century, the name was a Top 50 choice. In the 1920’s, Jack enjoyed being a Top 20 preference. By the mid-1960’s, Jack’s popularity diminished a little as it dropped off the Top 100 list. Not to worry. It jumps back onto the list in 1996 and so far in this century, Jack is squarely on the Top 50 list of most-favored boy’s names. Given the name’s long history on the American popularity charts, we’d call it a modern classic. It has a snappy one-syllable sound that’s strong and manly. It’s cute for a little boy, but ages nicely into adulthood. It’s the quintessential male name; no sissies allowed, please. It should also be noted that Jack finally stepped aside for the now-more-popular Jackson on the U.S. popularity charts, which just surpassed Jack in usage in 2006.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jack
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jack

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jack

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jack

    Jack Duluoz (Vanity of Duluoz) Jack Duluoz is Jack Kerouac’s fictional alter-ego, appearing in Vanity of Duluoz, Kerouac’s last published novel, among others. He is an older, more cynical version of the earlier Sal Paradise character of On The Road, his groundbreaking “beatnik” novel. Though he may no longer have the wide-eyed lust for life as his younger self, he is nonetheless still feverishly alive and burning with the desire to “…never yawn”.

    Jack Pumpkinhead (Oz Series) Jack Pumpkinhead is a delightful character in the L. Frank Baum beloved Oz series of books (continued after Baum’s death by other writers). He is a colorfully dressed, tall and lanky figure made from tree limbs, with a huge pumpkin for a head. Jack has to grow replacement heads in his garden because, of course, the pumpkins keep aging and rotting. Jack has marvelous adventures with the other characters who people Oz, and in spite of his limited intelligence, somehow always manages to save the day.

    Jack Ryan (The Hunt for Red October) Jack Ryan is Tom Clancy’s derring-do protagonist in his hugely popular novels, first featured in The Hunt For Red October, which was also a very successful movie. He is a kind of super-man, being a Marine, a pilot, a stockbroker, a CPA, a professor of history and a CIA agent at one time or another, all the while managing to marry and father four children and fight international terrorist, spies, drug cartels, etc. A kind of Everyman for the Boychild, Jack Ryan embodies the ultimate in cool behavior under extreme pressures.

    Jack Tanner (Man and Superman) Jack Tanner is the hero of George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 play Man and Superman, a revolutionary who stands in contrast to all that conventional British society of the time revered, including the institution of marriage. The play explores both the philosophical aspects of such institutions as well as their comedic side effects, and loquacious Jack, the self-confirmed bachelor, finally falls victim to the forceful Ann’s wedding schemes.

  • Popular Songs on Jack

    Popular Songs on Jack

    Big Jack - a song by AC/DC

    Black Jack Blues - a song by Fleetwood Mac

    Boss Jack - a song by Johnny Cash

    Captain Jack - a song by Billy Joel

    Fat Jack - a song by Steppenwolf

    From a Jack to a King - a song by Elvis Presley

    Get Up Jack - a song by Joan Osborne

    Happy Jack - a song by The Who

    Hit the Road Jack - a song by Ray Charles

    Jack and Diane - a song by John Mellencamp

    Jack Straw - a song by The Grateful Dead

    Jumping Jack Flash - a song by the Rolling Stones

    Lily, Rosemary and the Jack of Hearts - Bob Dylan

    The Jack - a song by AC/DC

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jack

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jack

    Here Comes Jack Frost (Kazuno Kohara) - One cold morning a lonely boy wishes for something to do. His animal friends are hibernating, and he has nobody to play with-even all the birds have flown south. When he meets Jack Frost, the last thing he expects is to make a new friend... or to discover how enchanting winter can be! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jack and Jill Went Up the Hill (R. A. Herman) - In the successful tradition of This Little Piggy Went to Market and Pat-a-Cake, here is a new Nursery Rhyme Play-Along Classic a joy to read aloud, to feast the eyes, to chant together, and to use in interactive play. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jack and the Beanstalk (Carol Ottolenghi) - Jack only wants to help his poor mother. But when he decides to sell the family cow for a handful of magic beans, he finds himself in a giant-sized mess! Beautifully illustrated, this classic tale will capture children's interest and spark their imagination page after page, encouraging a love of reading. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jack and the Leprechaun (Ivan Robertson) - It's St. Patrick's Day, and Jack Mouse is visiting his cousin Sean in Ireland. Sean tells Jack about the myth of leprechauns, and Jack is determined to catch one for himself! Children will delight in learning about Irish folk tales and traditions and the customs of St. Patrick's Day. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jack Be Nimble (Josie Stewart) - It is Jack's birthday. He and his friends play many jumping games at the party. Will Jack jump over his birthday candles? Read the traditional nursery rhyme on the first page and then read the related story that follows. Readers can't wait to find out what happens next! Recommended for ages 3-5.

    Little Jack Horner (Kathleen Petelinsek) - Read along to this beloved nursery rhyme. “Little Jack Horner / Sat in the corner, / Eating a Christmas pie; / He put in his thumb, / And pulled out a plum, / And said 'What a good boy am I!” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Magic Tree House Series (Mary Pope Osborne) - Magic Tree House series (Mary Pope Osborne) ~ An award-winning series of stories about eight year old Jack and his younger sister Annie who discover a magic tree house filled with books that transport them into the past. Join them on many fun and exciting adventures as your children lean to read!! Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Jack

    Famous People Named Jack

    Famous People Named Jack - Jack Benny (entertainer); Jack Black (actor); Jack Cassidy (actor); Jack Carpenter (actor); Jack Lemmon (actor); Jack Lord (actor); Jack Nicholson (actor); Jack Palance (actor); Jack Scalia (actor); Jack Wagner (actor); Jack Warner (film executive); J. P. "Jack" Morgan, Jr. (businessman); Jack Welch (businessman); Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel (whiskey maker); Jack London (author); Jack Kerouac (author); Jack Bruce (guitarist); Jack Casady (guitarist); Jack Johnson (musician); Jack Russell (musician); Jack White (musician); John F. “Jack” Kennedy (U.S. President); Jack Nicklaus (golfer); Jack Johnson (boxer); Jack Dempsey (boxer); Jack Kevorkian (pathologist)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jack

    Children of Famous People Named Jack

    Famous People who Named their Son Jack - Andrea Martin (actress/comic); Antonio Sabato Jr. (model/actor); Barry Levinson (director); Bill Pullman (actor); Bob Hoskins (actor); Christie Brinkley (model); Denis Leary (comic/actor); Ellen Barkin (actress); Ernest Hemmingway (author); Gabriel Byrne (actor); Jimmy Carter (U.S. President); John Edwards (politician); Johnny Depp (actor); Kirk Cameron (actor); Loretta Lynn (country musician); Luke Perry (actor); Mare Winningham (actress); Matt Lauer (TV personality); Meg Ryan (actress); Melissa Leo (actress); Ozzy Osbourne (musician); Susan Sarandon (actress); Tim Roth (actor); Val Kilmer (actor); Vanessa Paradis (French singer); Virginia Madsen (actress); Willem Dafoe (actor)

Personality of the Boy Name Jack

The number Seven personality is deeply mystical and highly in tune with their spirituality. They operate on a different wavelength than the average joe. Spending time alone comes easily to Sevens, as it gives them time to contemplate philosophical, religious and spiritual ideas in an effort to find "real truth".  Sevens are wise, but often exude mystery as if they are tapped into something the rest of us don't understand. They love the outdoors and are fed by nature. Sevens are constantly seeking to understand human nature, our place in the universe, and the mystery of life in general. This makes them quite artistic and poetic, but they are also keen observers with high intellect - so they are equally scientific-minded. Sevens are charitable and care deeply about the human condition.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jack

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