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Quick Facts on Jimmy

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • American, English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 481
Simple meaning:
To supplant; At the heel

Characteristics of Jimmy

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

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jimmy

Jimmy is the diminutive of James. James is the English or anglicized form of Jacob; ultimately derived from the ancient Hebrew “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." 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). James has remained a persistent favorite male name among English-speaking nations since medieval times. Jimmy as an independently give name is most common in the United States.

Popularity of the Name Jimmy

Jimmy first appeared on the American male naming charts at the end of the 19th century, so this is a pet form of a more formal name (i.e., James) which has been in use as an independently given name for quite a while. Jimmy even secured a position on the Top 100 list of most commonly used boy names in 1931. By 1935, he was a Top 50 favorite; an honor the name held through much of the 1940s. It wasn’t until the 1980s that Jimmy withdrew from regular use. As we’ve crossed the threshold into the 21st century, Jimmy’s position on the charts continues to dwindle. Now the name is given to less than 800 baby boys per year. Jimmy reminds us of Tommy – it’s one of those nicknames that should remain just that. All of the famous “Jimmys” that come to mind (Carter, Buffet, Page, Stewart) were given James as a birth name; Jimmy is just the nickname they go by. This makes more sense. If a boy is named James, he has the flexibility to be called James, Jim, Jamie, or Jimmy. By just using Jimmy, your son has fewer options. Unlike Tommy, Jimmy does sound better on an adult male but it is still a somewhat childish name compared to the more regal and timeless James. Jimmy is more “cute” than sophisticated, but this is probably what some parents prefer when selecting Jimmy as a stand-alone choice.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jimmy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jimmy

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jimmy

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jimmy

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

  • Popular Songs on Jimmy

    Popular Songs on Jimmy

    Come back Jimmy Dean - a song by Bette Midler

    Doctor Jimmy - a song by The Who [explicit]

    Jimmy Crack Corn - a song by Eminem [explicit]

    Jimmy Dreams - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Jimmy Gets High - a song by Daniel Powter

    Jimmy Is My Punk Ass Brother - a song by Nicotine

    Jimmy James - a song by The Beastie Boys

    Jimmy Jazz - a song by The Clash

    Jimmy Jimmy - a song by Madonna

    Jimmy Jimmy - a song by The Undertones

    Jimmy Mack - a song by Martha & The Vandellas

    Jimmy Olsen's Blues - a song by The Spin Doctors

    Jimmy On My Mind - a song by Loretta Lynn

    Jimmy Rae McGee - a song by Julianne Hough

    Jimmy Says - a song by Pat Benatar

    Jimmy Webb Is God - a song by The Boo Radleys

    Jimmy Whalen - a song by Peter, Paul & Mary

    Johnny the Fox Meets Jimmy the Weed - by Thin Lizzy

    Jump Jimmy (Stronger Than Mine) - a song by Tonic

    Like Jimmy Reed Again - a song by The Yardbirds

    Me My Moms & Jimmy - a song by Cam'ron

    Row Jimmy - a song by the Grateful Dead

    So Long, Jimmy - a song by James Blunt

    St. Jimmy - a song by Green Day

    The Ballad of Jimmy & Johnny - a song by Rancid

    The Facts About Jimmy - a song by Shawn Colvin

    Top Jimmy - a song by Van Halen

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jimmy

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jimmy

    A Door in the Woods: Jimmy Fincher Saga (James Dashner) - What begins as a summer-day climb up his favorite tree quickly takes an ugly turn for poor Jimmy Fincher, as he witnesses something that turns his perception of reality upside-down. When the perpetrator of the act notices Jimmy in the tree, the ensuing adventures explode into a torrent of suspense and excitement. The next month of Fincher’s life includes an ancient legend come to life, a conspiracy of madmen decades old, strange portals to other worlds, villains named everything from Raspy to Shadow —and behind it all is the old wooden door in the forest by Jimmy’s home. There, something wondrous awaits. Also in this series are the titles: A Gift of Ice (Jimmy Fincher Part 2); The Tower of Air (Jimmy Fincher Part 3); and War of the Black Curtain (Jimmy Fincher Part 4). Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Come Sing, Jimmy Jo (Katherine Paterson) - 11-year-old James Johnson comes from a poor white family in West Virginia. The whole family sings and plays country music except for James, until the day their agent likes his singing. He makes him change his name to Jimmy Jo before getting them all a contract on the local TV country music show. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Gift of Peace: The Jimmy Carter Story (Elizabeth Raum) - When Jimmy Carter was a boy, he listened to his parents talk about local politics and watched them live out their Baptist faith in the community. From the fields of his family farm to traveling the world negotiating peace talks, God guided every step of Jimmy's journey. His unwavering devotion to peace and faith helped him navigate the political waters of the governorship and presidency. Discover the extraordinary life of this world-famous humanitarian and follow in the footsteps of this incredible man of God. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius (Marc Cerasini) - Meet Jimmy Neutron, boy genius and inventor extraordinaire! He bounces to school in a gravity bubble. His custom-built dog, Goddard, has more uses than a Swiss Army knife. And he navigates outer space in his homemade rocketship. One night while Jimmy and his friends sneak out to the Retroland amusement park, his satellite is detected by evil Yokian aliens who kidnap all the grown-ups of Retroville! When Jimmy discovers what has happened, the kids blast off to rescue them! But will Jimmy and his friends find them before it's too late? Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Jimmy Swims With The Fishes (Kristin Garcia) - Jimmy was so proud when he learned how to swim. He couldn't wait to get to his Grandparent's house. His excitement soon faded when Mom made him wear a musty, old life jacket, faded goggles, and cracked flippers. How can he have fun swimming in these old things? But what Jimmy didn't know was that the pond held a secret - one that he would be swimming right into! He met a friend named Gilbert who took him on an adventure that Jimmy never knew was possible. So come to the pond with Jimmy and learn that sometimes, wonderful secrets lurk in odd places! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Jimmy the Racing Frog (M. Sterling Jones) - Jimmy wanted to be a race car driver from the time he was a tiny egg in the pond. As a full-grown frog he discovered that living your dreams is sometimes about learning to take what life gives you and use your experience to do something great. In the end he is able to look back on his life with a smile because he never gave up. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure (Tony DiTerlizzi) - Jimmy Zangwow loves his Moon Pies. His mom holds the key to the Moon Pie stash, though -- and she says no treats before dinner! If only Jimmy could fly to the moon to get his own Moon Pies...How far would you go to get your favorite snack? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Jimmy's Other Glove (Jim McGinniss) - Jimmy's Other Glove tells the story of a glove separated from its partner. Despite the missing glove's unplanned departure, everything comes together as the glove's new future unfolds. In this heartwarming story, Jim McGinniss shows how unexpected changes in life can lead to happy endings we had never dreamed of. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Paleo Pals: Jimmy and the Carrot Rocket Ship (Sarah Fragoso) - Piper, Phoenix and Parker are not ordinary children. They are super heroes that travel the land helping other children learn about living the healthiest, most exciting, most super lives possible. They are known as The Paleo Pals, and this is a story about how they help out Jimmy, a little boy who is not sure if eating paleo food is even one tiny bit exciting or super. Climb into the carrot rocket ship, travel to brilliant green farms, and live Jimmy's exciting adventure with Piper, Phoenix and Parker, The Paleo Pals! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Sophie Loves Jimmy (Nancy Rue) - Sophie doesn't see why a rumor that isn't true should stop her from being Jimmy's friend---but when even the Corn Flakes start to believe the whispers, she is hurt to the core. Now it's an open question whether she and the rest of the Flakes can ever be friends again! Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Adventures of Jimmy and Charlie (Rodney Mack) - Jimmy and Charlie used to be orphaned cats with no place to call home. Until one day when the brothers find a home on a farm! The Adventures of Jimmy and Charlie is a collection of three short stories of excitement and adventure following the two cats as they explore their new world and make lifelong friends. This is the perfect book for young readers to learn, along with Jimmy and Charlie, important lessons about God's faithfulness, his good purpose, and the importance of obeying your parents. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Jimmy Blue Squirrel (Roger Wheeler) - See the Appalachian forest through the eyes of Jimmy Blue Squirrel whose first time out a limb is the beginning of a grand adventure. Come along with Jimmy as he scampers away from deceptive predators, mingles with neighboring tree dwellers, and learns what it takes to be a young squirrel in the wild. With friends like NotchEar and Nuez, Jimmy not only discovers the secrets of the forest, but also the true definitions of bravery and fear. Over time, he determines that it takes the collective strength of friends and family to overcome both life-threatening danger and everyday obstacles. An entertaining and educational story for the whole family, volume one of Jimmy Blue Squirrel includes classroom study questions and short features about the wildlife of the Appalachians. The story is only the beginning of the adventure that is reading and learning. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    The Curious Adventures of Jimmy McGee (Eleanor Estes) - Jimmy McGee is a tiny, leprechaun-like man whose peaceful life is disrupted when he rescues Amy's doll Little Lydia from a monstrous wave that sweeps her off the beach. Can Jimmy find a way to restore Little Lydia to her original state as a "do-nothing doll" before he returns her to her rightful owner? From the bestselling author of Ginger Pye comes the quirky story of a little man who saves the day in a big way. Recommended for ages 8-11.

    The Day Jimmy's Boa Ate the Wash (Trinka Hakes Noble) - When Jimmy's unusual pet accompanies him on his class trip, an ordinary jaunt to a farm turns into a hilarious, slapstick romp. Book list says: "A top-notch choice that children will not be able to put down." Full-color illustrations. Also in the Jimmy’s Boa series are the titles: Jimmy's Boa Bounces Back; Jimmy's Boa and the Big Splash Birthday Bash; and Jimmy's Boa & the Bungee Jump Slam Dunk. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Legend of Jimmy Spoon (Kristiana Gregory) - In the middle of the nineteenth century, twelve-year-old Jimmy leaves his Mormon family in Utah and ends up living with the Shoshoni Indians as the younger brother of Chief Washakie. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Watching Jimmy (Nancy Hartry) - “Watching Jimmy” is an impossible-to-put-down novel full of danger, warmth, and dark humor. With shocking candor, young Carolyn relates the truth about what really happened to her best friend, Jimmy, when his Uncle Ted chose the perfect time to teach him a lesson he'd never forget. The truth is, Jimmy didn't fall from a swing like Uncle Ted claims — Carolyn knows, because she saw everything. According to her, "Uncle Ted just didn't count on me, Carolyn, [being] perched in a tree where the park and the parking lot meet." With the dreadful secret locked away, Carolyn walks an emotional tightrope. No matter what else is happening in this post-war era, she must keep an eye on poor, brain-damaged Jimmy: making sure he behaves, keeping him clean, and keeping him safe — especially from Uncle Ted. But when Uncle Ted threatens his beleaguered family with even more abuse and the loss of their home, Carolyn must find the courage to match wits with him and to speak out, using the truth as her only weapon. But perhaps her biggest challenge will lie in finding a way to get Jimmy the expensive operation he needs to relieve the pressure on his brain, because: "As I told you, our Jimmy is not a mental defective like people say. Our Jimmy is in there. He's in there. This I know." Set in 1958, Watching Jimmy is a brilliant portrait of a time past, a family of strong women, and a resourceful young girl who exudes character, resilience, and, most of all, love. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Why Can't Jimmy Sit Still? (Sandra L. Tunis) - Jimmy behaves like a wiggle-worm. He squirms. He fidgets. He calls out in class, and just can't settle down. Designed to help and teach kids, parents, educators, and caregivers to open discussions about hyperactivity and other learning disorders, this comforting and charming rhyming story reassures youngsters with ADHD that they are not to blame for the "racing motors." Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jimmy

    Famous People Named Jimmy

    Famous People Who Go by the Name Jimmy - Jimmy Buffett (musician); Jimmy Page (musician); Jimmy Stewart (actor); Jimmy Collins (baseball player); Jimmy Choo (shoe designer); Jimmy Conzelman (football player); Jimmy Demaret (golfer); Jimmy Fallon (actor/comedian); Jimmy Gardner (hockey player); Jimmy Johnson (football coach); Jimmy Carter Jr. (U.S. President, Nobel Prize winner, peace); Jimmy Kimmel (TV personality); Jimmy Rollins (baseball player); Jimmy Smits (actor); Jimmy Spencer (racecar driver); Jimmy Osmond (entertainer); Jimi Hendrix (guitarist/musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jimmy

    Children of Famous People Named Jimmy

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Jimmy - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jimmy.

  • Historic Figures

    Jimmy - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Boy Name Jimmy

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.

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