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Quick Facts on Jake

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 166
Simple meaning:
God is gracious, or to supplant

Characteristics of Jake

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jake

The name Jake comes from Middle English as a variant of Jack and another pet form of John (in Scotland, they used Jock). John is derived from the Hebrew name “Johahah” meaning ‘God is gracious.’ However, Jake is also considered a nickname or short form of Jacob. Jacob is a Latin derivation of the Hebrew name "Yaakov" 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." So if the name is derived from Jacob, than the meaning is ‘to supplant or to displace’ as Jacob did to Esau. In any case, the name Jake, like Jack, has become an independent name in its own right.

Popularity of the Name Jake

Jake’s height in popularity in the United States is basically bookmarked by the last two centuries. It experienced most of its usage 100 years ago, and then again today through a current revival of the name. Jake actually manages to squeeze into a Top 100 position on the list of most favored boy’s name in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Since then, Jake has slipped down the charts a little bit. Jake has always been a pet form of John and Jacob, but American parents are using the name as a stand-alone. Given its nickname origins, Jake is an extremely informal name. It’s one syllable, snappy and strong, for sure; but it’s always an option for parents who secure more traditional names like John or Jacob and then use Jake as a nickname. We recommend parents offer their child that flexibility; what harm could it do? There’s no place else to go with Jake. Then again, therein lies its attraction, perhaps. Just remember, though, Jake Gyllenhaal was born Jacob Benjamin, and the boxer Jake LaMotta made famous in “Raging Bull” was born Giacobbe LaMotta.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jake
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jake

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jake

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jake

    Jake Barnes (The Sun Also Rises) Jake Barnes is the protagonist of Ernest Hemmingway’s groundbreaking modernist 1926 novel, The Sun Also Rises. Barnes is an American veteran of World War I working as a journalist in Paris, whose war injuries led to impotence. His love for the sexually liberated, twice divorced Lady Brett Ashley is a love that cannot be consummated, a symbol of frustration in the post war Lost Generation. He is a complex man who knows his life is empty, knows that he drinks too much and wastes away his time in aimless pleasures, but seems “impotent” to do anything about it except ruminate on it. He is a portrait of the generation left untethered by the Great War, the war to end all wars, which instead seemed to put an end to long held standards of duty, justice, morality, and, in short, what it means to be a man.

  • Popular Songs on Jake

    Popular Songs on Jake

    Get Up, Jake - a song by The Band

    Jake - a song by Lisa Loeb

    Jake - a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd

    My Brother - Jake a song by Free

    Old Jake - a song by Chris LeDoux

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jake

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jake

    Dust for Dinner (Ann Turner Warner) - Jake and Maggy lived on a farm where they loved to sing and dance to the music from Mama's radio. Then terrible dust storms came and ruined the land. The family had no choice but to auction off the farm and make the long, hard journey west to California-away from the dust storms, where the land is still green. Along the way, Papa tries to find work, and Jake and Maggy try to help too. But what if Papa can't find a job? What if California isn't better after all? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Graduation of Jake Moon (Barbara Park) - Jake Moon used to love the time he spent with his grandfather, Skelly, but that was before Skelly got Alzheimer's disease. All of a sudden, it's as if Skelly is the kid, and Jake has to be the grown-up. Much of Skelly's care becomes Jake's responsibility, and that doesn't leave much time for a life of his own. Then, one day Jake rebels, and the unthinkable happens. Has Jake discovered too late how much his grandfather still means to him? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School (Todd Strasser) - After Andy presses the wrong button on a weird machine and turns into a dog, his friend Jake tries to help him turn back into a human. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Jake (Audrey Couloumbis) - After his widowed mother falls in an icy parking lot, breaks her leg, and is hospitalized, 10-year-old Jake is scared, even though he gets a lot of support from his caring Baltimore neighbors and from his ex–U.S. Marine grandfather, who, along with his old dog, Max, visits for the first time from North Carolina to help out. True to Jake’s viewpoint, the spare, first-person narrative is filled with immediate dialogue and small details that eloquently reveal Jake’s worry about his mother (and his guilt when he forgets to worry), as well as his wariness of strange, tough-love Grandpa and his crabby pet. Jake confronts Grandpa: Why didn’t you ever come visit us? By the end, though, he bonds with both Grandpa and Max, and the story’s warm climax is a cozy Christmas party in Mom’s hospital ward with caring friends and neighbors. Never message-heavy, the drama about the meaning of family will touch readers. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Jake Drake, Know-It-All (Andrew Clements) - Jake Drake is excited about Despres Elementary School's first science fair. He wants to win the grand prize: a brand-new Hyper-Cross-Functional Bluntium Twelve Computer System. And he really wants to beat the third grade know-it-alls, Marsha McCall and Kevin Young. Part of a Series that also includes “Jake Drake, Bully Buster”, “Jake Drake, Teachers Pet”, “Jake Drake, Class Clown”. Recommended for ages 7-11.

    Jake Is Up! (Mimi) - JAKE IS UP! is a 14 page board book designed to develop concepts of up/down, in/out etc. strong visuals and humorous situations make this a delightful story to read to young children ages 0-3 years. Older children will find an easy reading experience and fun explorations. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow (James Rollins) - A package from a Mayan archaeology site is lost (along with its sender) in quicksand, but it is only a decoy. Jake Ransom and his older sister receive the matching halves of a gold coin, an artifact that eventually fires them into a strange land where tribes of lost civilizations live side-by-side with prehistoric animals. In premise, this is very Harry Potter—Jake, a virtual orphan (his archaeologist parents have disappeared), has the fate of many resting on his skinny shoulders as he tries to fight a Voldemort-like specter, who has inspired traitors to his side. Part of a series. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Jake Stays Awake (Michael Wright) - Pointedly addressed to children who prefer the parental bed to their own, this rhymed chronicle of a restless night has Mom, Dad, and young Jake trying out the roof, the bathtub, trash cans, and other venues in search of an alternative both comfortable and roomy enough for three. Ultimately, Jake comes around to realizing that his own bed isn't so bad. This book is part of a series followed by “Jake Goes Peanuts” and “Jake Starts School.” Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jake the snake (Catherine Johann) - Jake the snake is so hungry... he even ate a tv! A delightful story in rhyme that will make children laugh out loud and demand it to be read again and again. Wonderful illustrations. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Jake, Reinvented (Gordon Korman) - High society meets high school in this retelling of The Great Gatsby, set at the class-conscious F. Scott Fitzgerald High. The stories correspond in many particulars: new kid Jake Garrett, "cool, mysterious, different," has won over the "it" crowd with raucous parties at his subdivision McMansion. Popular opinion turns against Jake when alpha male Todd Buckley suspects the newcomer, rightly, of pursuing his best girl, Didi, and turns up an ugly secret: Jake was once (gasp!) a big nerd. Recommended for ages 14-18.

    Where Is Jake? (Mary Packard) - Young children will love learning to read with these storybooks. Once they can recognize and identify the words used to tell each story, the will be able to successfully read on their own. Features a word list. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Wide Awake Jake (Rachel Elliot) - Jake is wide awake. His Mum suggests he pretends to be other animals, while his Dad is not so helpful. But whatever they suggest, he is still wide awake. But could there be another way? Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jake

    Famous People Named Jake

    Famous People Named Jake - Jacob Benjamin "Jake" Gyllenhaal (actor); Giacobbe “Jake” LaMotta (boxer); Jake Roberts (wrestler aka "Jake the Snake"); Jake Locker (football player); Jake Long (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jake

    Children of Famous People Named Jake

    Famous People who Named their Son Jake - Blythe Danner (actress); Bruce Paltrow (producer); Caroline Corr (Irish musician); Chuck Knoblauch (baseball player); Doug Gilmour (hockey player); Gary Busey (actor); Jason Robards Jr. (actor); John McCook (daytime actor); Kim Zimmer (daytime actress); Niki Taylor (model); Robert Hays (actor); Sheena Easton (singer); Sting (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Jake - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jake - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jake.

Personality of the Boy Name Jake

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jake

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