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At the heel; The Supplanter
Etymology & Historical Origin - Jaime
Jaime is the Spanish and Portuguese equivalent of James. James is ultimately derived from the ancient Hebrew “Yaakov” which is the origin of the name Jacob, traditionally thought to be derived from the word "akev" - which literally translates to "at the heel". In Genesis 25:26, Jacob was born the younger twin to Isaac and Rebecca and he "came out with his hand holding Esau's heel, so his name was called Jacob." The Lord told Rebecca that the younger would be stronger, and that the older would serve the younger. As the Biblical story progresses, the cunning Jacob eventually supplants 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.’ The Greek form of the name Jacob (Iakobos) was given to the Latin (Iacomus) which eventually got anglicized to James. Sounds strange, but this is how languages mutated over time and geographical space. Historically it was thought that James and Jacob were two distinct names, but most etymologists would now agree James came from Jacob (even though the New Testament features two Disciples of Christ with the name James). In the Spanish language, the name Jacob also evolved into several names: Diego, Santiago and Jaime are all derivatives of James/Jacob. This name is a particularly interesting example within the study of linguistics. James, Seamus, Diego, Jaime all came from one name: Jacob – and yet they are all so unique sounding unto themselves. Jaime is currently a high ranking name in Spain (45th most popular in 2010). Alternately, Jaime is sometimes considered a variant of the English Jamie, a pet form of James (in which case it would be pronounced JAY-mee). Lastly, the name could be associated with the French phrase “j'aime” meaning ‘I love’. From a historic perspective, however, Jaime is essentially a masculine Spanish and Portuguese name (pronounced ZHIEM by the Portuguese) which has its etymological roots in Jacob/James.
Popularity of the Name Jaime
Both Diego and Santiago are the more popular Spanish masculine names in the United States compared to Jaime right now. Jaime first appeared on the American male naming charts in 1942. The name slowly increased in usage mirroring the substantial increase in the Spanish-speaking population of the United States in the latter decades of the 20th century. However, we are starting to see the same pattern with most Spanish-specific names: a recent decline in usage as we’ve entered the 21st century. The general belief is that as second and third generation Latino-Americans are assimilating into American society, they are adopting the “Americanized” modern trends of baby naming practices. Many are leaving their Spanish naming heritages behind. It’s sad to see because the diversity of people and ethnic cultures is what makes America great. Jaime is a darling name for a boy. It’s upbeat, energetic and friendly. And keeping the Biblical story in mind, you may want to be careful about naming your second son Jaime. Or at least don’t name your first son Esau!
Popularity of the Boy Name Jaime
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jaime
Popular Songs on Jaime
Jaime - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Jaime.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jaime
Jaime Escalante: Inspirational Math Teacher (Anne E. Schraff) - Escalante is the inspiration behind the 1988 film, Stand and Deliver. His determination and dedication as a math teacher helped propel the seemingly hopeless inner-city youths he taught into the national spotlight. An inspirational story about a true hero. Recommended for ages 13+
Famous People Named Jaime
Famous People Named Jaime - Jaime Escalante (Bolivian-American educator, subject of the film “Stand and Deliver”); Jaime King (actress); Jaime Luis Gómez (musician, member of The Black Eyed Peas); Jaime Alguersuari (racecar driver); Jaime Camara (racecar driver); Jaime Jiménez Merlo (Spanish soccer player); Jaime Melo (racecar driver); Jaime Moreno (Bolivian soccer player); Jaime Nunó (Catalan composer); Jaime Pressly (actress); Jaime Patricio Ramírez (Chilean soccer player); Jaime Vera (Chilean soccer player); Jaime Villarreal (Mexican rock musician); Jaime Yzaga (Peruvian tennis player)
Children of Famous People Named Jaime
Famous People Who Named Their Son Jaime - Danny Aiello (actor)
Jaime - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jaime - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jaime.
Personality of the Boy Name Jaime
The Number 2 personality in numerology is all about cooperation and balance. It's the number of diplomats and mediators. They are not leaders, but strive rather for harmony in partnerships. These are the peacemakers. Equality and fairness are important in their dealings, and they are willing to share power and responsibility to achieve a harmonious outcome. This personality is calm and patient, waiting for things to evolve instead of pushing aggressively for an outcome. They are good-natured and easy-going, and care deeply on an emotional and spiritual plane. Twos appreciate beauty and nature and are intent on making the world a better place.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jaime