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Quick Facts on Jacques

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • French
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
At the heel; The supplanter

Characteristics of Jacques

  • The Master Builder
  • Leader
  • Large Undertakings
  • Confidence
  • Discipline
  • Organization

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jacques

Jacques is the French form of Jacob and James, both of which are ultimately derived from the Hebrew Biblical name יַעֲקֹב (Ya'aqobh) which literally translates to "at the heel" or “one that takes by the heel” (derivative of 'aqebh meaning “heel”). Given Jacob's Biblical story, this etymology makes perfect sense.  You see, Jacob was the second-born twin to Isaac and Rebecca; he came out of Rebecca's womb "with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob." (Genesis 25:26).  The Lord told Rebecca that the younger of her two twin boys would be stronger, and that the older (Esau) would serve the younger (Jacob). As the Biblical story progresses, the cunning Jacob eventually supplanted his older brother by stealing his birthright and his father's blessing. "Is he not rightly named Jacob?" Esau asks in Genesis 27:36. "For he has supplanted me these two times." Therefore, the name Jacob is also associated with the verb "to supplant" (i.e., to supersede or replace).  In the Bible, Jacob went on to father the Twelve Tribes of Israel, so this has been a particularly important name to the Jews.  While the Puritans and other dissenting Christians adopted the name Jacob after the Protestant Reformation (c. 16th century), for the most part, the English use the anglicized form – James – by way of the Greek translation Ιακωβος (Iakobos) to the Latin Iacomus.  Historically it was thought that James and Jacob were two distinct names, but etymologists now agree James came from Jacob. Usage of James (English), Jacques (French), Jaime (Spanish), Giacobbe (Italian) and Séamus (Irish) since the Middle Ages was not in reference to the Old Testament Jacob but rather in honor of a few important Christian men named James in the New Testament, particularly St. James the Just, believed to be the brother of Jesus.  The name Jacques has long been used among the French, although it is considered slightly “old-manish” by today’s naming standards.  It is no longer ranked very high in France.  

Popularity of the Name Jacques

Jacques has never been a particularly popular boy’s name in the United States – mainly because we never have had a large influx of French immigration. This is a distinctly French name. The name did appear on America’s Top 1000 list between 1947 and 1998, but it was only used sparingly. In fact, Jacques was ranked #1909 in 2013 and given to only 73 baby boys that year.  Aside from parents with French heritage, Jacques has also a history of adoption among African-Americans.  In fact, African-Americans have often showed great appreciation for French masculine names such as Andre, Antoine, Curtis, Dimitri, Dominique, Jermaine, Leon, Leroy, Lionel and Marcel to name a few. The names Jacob and James come in many linguistic forms but none so romantic sounding as the French Jacques. 
Popularity of the Boy Name Jacques
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jacques

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jacques

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jacques

    Jacques We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jacques.

  • Popular Songs on Jacques

    Popular Songs on Jacques

    Frere Jacques - a song by Sam Shaber

    Jacques et Gilles - a song by Kate and Anna McGarrigle

    Jacques Lamure - a song by Of Montreal

    The Curse of Jacques - a song by Grave Digger

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jacques

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jacques

    Frere Jacques (Jonas Sickler) - The title is adapted from classic nursery rhymes and illustrated by Jonas Sickler. Sickler’s paintings are whimsical and fun, filled with dazzling textures and eye-popping color. They will grab and keep a baby’s attention, and delight adults. The book offers a multicultural twist on a classic nursery rhyme -- in Frere Jacques, a sleeping pastry chef dreams of bonbons and crêpes flying over the streets of Paris. The text for the nursery rhyme is printed on the back cover. Recommended for ages baby-four.

    Jacques and the Little Girl That Could (Lew Steinhoff) - Sometimes our fears prevent us from growing as an individual and keep us from enjoying life. This story is about our little friend, Jacques the Bear, who helps a little girl named Becca overcome her fears and gain more confidence in herself. While watching a soccer game one day, Jacques notices little Becca running away from the ball every time it came near her. He finds an opportunity to go over and talk to her about not being scared of the ball and seeing the joy in kicking the ball back and forth. She also discovers through this talk that even if the ball hits you it only stings for a minute and helps you get stronger. This confidence leads to good things out on the soccer field but also help her in other areas of her life. She realizes by facing her fears, she can actually laugh more and enjoy life more. Jacques and the Little Girl That Could is a story about overcoming your fears. It is also about being a friend to someone in need. Recommended for ages 4-7.

  • Famous People Named Jacques

    Famous People Named Jacques

    Famous People Named Jacques - Jacques Chirac (former President of France); Jacques Offenbach (French composer); Jacques Cousteau (French conservationist/sea explorer); Jacques Cartier (French explorer); Jacques Derrida (French philosopher); Jacques Lacan (French psychologist); Jacques-Louis David (French artist/painter); Jacques Brel (Belgian singer-songwriter); Jacques Villeneuve (French-Canadian car racer); Jacques Laffite (French car racer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jacques

    Children of Famous People Named Jacques

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Jacques - Gilles Villeneuve (French-Canadian auto racer)

Personality of the Boy Name Jacques

The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jacques

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