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Meaning: Nick Name for John

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Jack

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Jack in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Jack:

  • Records indicate that 641,206 boys in the United States have been named Jack since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1927, when 12,776 people in the U.S. were given the name Jack. Those people are now 93 years old.

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    Comments about the name Jack

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      56 Positive Comments

  • "Hi, I called my son Jack David :-) Jack Daniel would have also been very nice, but ... :-) Anyway, I'm living in Germany, so hopefully we won't have any Jack & Jill name calling problems. In addition, Jack isn't common here whilst being a name you can pronounce and remember. I'm happy with it but his grandmother would have prefered just David oder Daniel. At the end of the day I think Jack will be very happy with his name :-)" Sep. 10, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love! This will probably be our baby boys name, and after my Grandpa Jack!" Oct. 6, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "This was my pop-pops first name, not "John" it really was just Jack. I considered using it for one of our son's names but didn't. If we have another son I would use it for a first or middle name. So manly sounding, and I love how it's easy to spell and one syllable. ;)" Feb. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have only known ONE true 'Jack'. Although the name may at first glance seem 'plain', the name is very classic, and masculine. It is an easy name to pronounce and spell. It also has many opportunities for cute nicknames. I find it to be a very cute, little boy name and, at the same time, a very sexy, young man name. My grandfather's name was John, yet everyone called him 'Jack' as a nickname and it suited." Dec. 15, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "i am pregnant with my second child, this time a boy and we are going to name him jack, you cant shorten it its simple and cool. and everyone loves 24 right." Mar. 28, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack is my favorite boys name. It's so cute on a little boy but it's hot and manly, yet still sweet, on a man. The name Jack makes me think of a very sweet guy, who also has a mischievous streak to him. If i have a son, his name will be Jack!" Sep. 6, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I <3 (love) the name Jack, I know this cute little guy in kindergarden named Jack and it suits him, I think it's an adrorable name for a boy. :D" Aug. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is named Jack, a name that seems to me to suggest the best of boyhood: good nature, natural ability, generosity, and perhaps a mischievous streak." Jan. 19, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I used to not be a big fan of my name. I thought it was too abrupt because I also have a 1 syllable last name. However, I have come to like it and it is an awesome name!" Nov. 29, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely LOVE the name Jack. My favorite male name. If I have sons this is what the first one's name will be. It's quite common here in Canada but I'll pick a less common one as a middle name." Jun. 3, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jackson is my sons name. I once heard that someone who had three surnames for their entire name would be a great person, one for the history books. I liked that it could be shortened to Jack which is such a manly name." Apr. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Jack. I'm naming my baby boy Jack after my grandfather. <3 Jack Hunter. I think its a perfect name for a male of all ages." Feb. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have 2 friends who are name jack. i love the name it is very populur . xxx" Feb. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We've named our son Jack. It a down to earth and manly name. It's origin and meaning will hopefully be inspiring for him in his adult life. Australia." Dec. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jack! It's perfect for him. And it's everywhere in nursery rhymes and songs we sing to him. People always ask if his real name is Jackson, and they're always impressed that we named him simply "Jack". I've only known one person to say they didn't like it...until he was born. Now she thinks it fits him perfectly! OKC, OK." Dec. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jack. We get asked alot if he's named after his dad or what it's short for. We always say it's "just Jack"! Everyone loves and remembers his name (it's not very popular where we live). We talk to someone once and then we'll see them again weeks or months later. They always ask, "How's Jack?" (meanwhile, I don't think they remember my husbands nor my name!). It's an awesome name." Dec. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just found out I was having a bbay boy and for some reason the name "Jack" always stood out. I always wanted an original name, which strikes me as weird when considering I like a name as simple as "jack". But of course we have the great Jack Sparrow! So I already have people calling my soon to be born son, Capt. Jack. I love it, it's a simple, short, sweet, yet masculine name!" Aug. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jack and I absolutely love it. It's nice for a little boy and a big handsome man : ) Although it was the most popular boys name in Australia the year he was born (2000) he has only come across two others at his school (which has 600 students). Great name!" Aug. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Jack, I want to name my son Jackson and call him Jack for short. I think its a very adorable name for my little baby boy!" Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Jack!It is our son's name. Named after his Great Grandad 'Jack' and his Daddy is 'John'. Jack is a strong name.P.S we live in New Zealand" Apr. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Son is called Jack and is a really cute name and everyone seems to think it really suits him" Apr. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name jack, it's so simple but masculine too. and 10 bonus points for being easy to pronounce and spell." Mar. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack is great. It is like a sound that a superhero makes when he punches a villain in the faces." Jan. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name on my birth certificate is Jack but people dont believe me" Nov. 5, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i named my son jack, it suits young and old alike." Aug. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it.. so classic, professional and still cute on kids. Its a name that works on kids and adults" Aug. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ever since I saw the movie Titanic, I've loved the name Jack! That's what I'm going to name my first son!" Jul. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name jack. its my brothers name. everybody loves the name jack and its really easy to spell. there are no stupid misspellings (not like madeline, madeleine, madelyn, madelynn, etc) just JACK. or at least no common mispellings." Apr. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my little brother's name is Jack. i think that it's a great name for a little boy. Jack is very curious and intelligent and the name suits him well. The only downfall is that people are always asking what jack is short for. they don't understand that it's not a nickname. we just tell them he's just jack. :-)" Mar. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Jack (born OCt. 29/03) I get a lot of compliments on his name. I think it is adorable, strong, easy, and masculine. He was named after his paternal Grandpa who passed when I was 3 months pregnant, he was so excited to be having his first Grandchild, he was in the hospital and said "I just want to get up and kick my heels" I'll never forget it. I know Grandpa Jack is with us in spirit." Feb. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am named Jack and yes it is true that at first people do make fun of you with the "Jack and Jill" and other things like that but then as it subsides it becomes a joke and makes people feel easier around you as all the jokes and nurdery rhymes and things of the sort make your name widely known" Dec. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Even today very few babies in the UK are given the name "Jack." Rather they are christened (or given) the name "John." Such was the case for me being born in Scotland. ("Jack" of course, is the affectionate or diminuative form of "John," cf. President John Kennedy, known by all his friends as Jack.) I have noticed that while this is readily accepted and used in the northern States, it continues to cause confusion here in the South. I have several times had my identity challenged because my driving license has my formal name "John" but I am known to everyone as "Jack."" Nov. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Jack. It makes you think of a strong, athletic, handsome young man and it's cute for a baby too!" Nov. 14, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack was my dad's name, I realy like the name and named my son Jace for that reason. Jack is super popular in England." Nov. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is John, after his dad, but we call him Jack, a nickname for John. Also, the Jackson has become very popular, so maybe that's what they are asking." Nov. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I often find that if you meet a nice person with a name, you generally find the name good aswell. My best friend is called Jack and he's a lovely guy. He's always been there for me and provides a shoulder for me to cry on. This is why I love the name Jack - it reminds me of him! x" Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "were naming our son this, he is du in october...we love it!" Sep. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it! people always say it right and theres lots of other people called 'Jack'" Aug. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "We names our son Jack. We wanted a name that was strong and simply. We are just not into the new "fussy" names and Jack was the one for us." Aug. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I first named my son Jack (and he was an infant) people would say "wow what a cool name...only old men are named Jack." Now we are seeing more "Jacks" around..its making a comeback." Jul. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've always liked the name Jack and would always think of Jack Armstrong the All-American Boy. I never knew that it was a nickname for John until after we named our youngest Jack in 1993! Which is really funny since my husband's name is--you guessed it--John." Jul. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 3yr old son is named Jack Thomas and he was born at 30 weeks weighing 2lb 13oz and is now taller than most kids his age and a great kid. We both loved the name always because it is so strong and also his great grandfather was named Jack. The name suited him because he was so strong to battle through being so tiny." Jun. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jack and we love it. People ask if it's just Jack too. It's because Jackson is popular too and when people ask just Jack they are asking if it is short for Jackson." Jun. 6, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have a book of babies names and it says jack means precious gift from god my names jack and im sure as hell im not a precious gift from god lol" May. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name Jack. But my hubby won't allow it unless it's really John. Yuck." Apr. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great, but growing up you get made fun of with things like "Jack and Jill", "Jack and the Beanstalk", "Jack Spratt...", and "Jack jumped over the candle stick and burned off his little wee wee...." :P" Apr. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is our sons name, and we get the "just jack?" all the time , and yes, it's just jack! he's named after captain jack sparrow!" Mar. 26, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My cousins name is Jack and he is so handsome!! (by the way, i am a girl)" Feb. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely adore the name, and I even plan on naming my son Jack. There have been many great characters with this name, and I feel it is a good strong name for a boy." Feb. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love a man named Jack, although I have never met him!" Jan. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My brothers name is Jack. Well its Jonathon but we call him jack i think that Jack is a cool name. I dont know alot of Jacks i know two. My brother and My boyfriend." Dec. 9, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "ive always loved this flows with different last names well.." Dec. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack is my name and in my native tongue it means "plows without oxen." So you know it's a strong name." Sep. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like it because it reminds me of the charachter "Jack Dawson" is the film "Titanic"" Sep. 17, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name Jack conjures up thoughts of a handsome strong intelligent man. I really like it. And yes I like Just" Aug. 23, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "we are commonly asked if our son's name is "just Jack?". Our son Alex is actually an Alexander and he is not asked if he's "just Alex?". what gives?" Jul. 7, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "My brother inlaw's name is Jack. I have always used terms like; That's Jacked, jack off, hijacked, sour as apple-jack, jacked up, jack ass, one eyed jack. Well not one visit goes by that I'm not apologizing for using his name in a derogatory slang term. SORRY MAN. That's jacked up for sure!" Nov. 7, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Please don't name your kid Jack. As a family name I was cursed with the name and have been tormented relentlessly. Not just in high school but in professional work environmental. It's bad enough when Obama can call someone a "Jackass" on the evening news but at work when things are wrong they are "Jacked". Please do not punish your child's life and career with a name meaning something is broken or done wrong." Feb. 21, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "No mas! Everyone is using this name. Enough already." Jul. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      21 Neutral Comments

  • "For the longest time, I have been scared. I didn't know where to turn or who to go to... Jack is a horrifying name. I hate it. It smells of hatred and bodily fluids. Every Jack I have ever met makes me wish that satan could be called on the phone for house calls. Then I could finally be free from JACKS. I love the name Sydney for a girl :D" Dec. 30, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "xD my name is Jack, and I wouldn't change my name to ANYTHING else if i could. I know more than 2 others named Jack, and it gets annoying cuz at school people are always going " which jack? which jack?" Theres only like 3 Jacks in my grade though. The worst name ive been called is pretty bad..but you could call someone Nickass..or i dont see why Jackass is terrible..thx for reading" Feb. 22, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm called Jack but i've always prefered the name John. my mum wanted to call me teddy so it was a lucky escape. My sister named me after her best friend at the time. I always used to hate my name. It felt simple. Too common but its growing on me. At least it's well associated with boys bar some exeptions. I don't like the merging of multi gender names. I think Jack suits any age group and is an O.K name" Nov. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is 'John', but I always go by 'Jack'. My surname is 'Muggleton'. It's obvious that the name 'Jack' has been the most popular first name for newborn boys in England and Wales since 1995! I consider 'Jack' to be a wonderful given name for little boys, and a cool nickname for 'John'." Mar. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "There's a boy name Jack in my class. It's a bit too boring for me. Same old same old try Jesse." Feb. 24, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Jack and we love it for a girl. My mothers name is Mary Jack" Nov. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband wants to name our Corgi mix-Jack. He was a gift from G-d; a stray. He was waiting for us to open our front door ; as well as to the door of our hearts. I like the name because it is of Hebrew orgin. Our dog is handsome, cute ,has different tan hues, intelligent, medium in stature, affectionate, loyal, intuitive and a great protector, house trained, quiet, obedient, and barks when you want him to bark and patient. Need I say more..........." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband wants to name our Corgi mix-Jack, I like it because it is of Hebrew orgin. Our dog is handsome, cute ,has different tan hues, intelligent, medium in stature, affectionate, loyal, intuitive and a great protector. Need I say more..........." Jul. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Despite its current popularity in the UK, I usually think of this as an old mannish-sounding nickname for John, yet even more old mannish than Jack at the present time are the names Frank and Fred (nicknames for Francis and Frederick respectively - and also font names), and Albert, Arthur, Ernest, Harold, Herbert, Stanley, and Walter which all have nicknames, some of which usually sound American (Al for Albert, Art for Arthur, Hal for Harold, Herb for Herbert, and Walt for Walter certainly do)." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name jack! it's very masculine but not all that common any more. fantastic name!" Feb. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My surname is "Jack". My first name is Nicholas. Nicholas gets shortened to "Nick". So I end up being called "Nick Jack". I hate it. I'm changing my surname to "Jackman", more interesting than "Jackson", and Hugh Jackman the actor has made it cool. Nick , Auckland, New Zealand" Jan. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack has got so popular in the uk, its been the most popular boys name for atleast 10 yrs." Oct. 13, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name has been Jack for 65 years and i would want no other .. Jack be nimble .. Jack be Quick .. Jack of all trades .. a challenging name to fulfill and has been fun to do so .. Jack" Oct. 12, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "me llamo is an ok original name is john but have been called jack since birth" Sep. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dear Admin This isn't a comment on Jack - it's just a fairly convenient way of leaving a message. Because there isn't a search facility for specific names, I had to click through (I think) 17 screens to get to Jonathan. That was fairly boring. Yours Jonathan's mother" Sep. 6, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "To the person naming their son Jack Daniel... You do know that's a type of whiskey, right? But it's a lovely name all the same. Jack is a nice, strong classic name." Aug. 22, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack is my son's name, and it's a fine one! I love the name, and I love it even more now that it's my Jackie Boy's!" May. 23, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 63 years of age and I learned two or three years ago that it was my oldest sister who names me Jackie! (after Jackie Cooper). I hate this stupid name. I am a pastor and I've printed the name Jackie on the bulletin to se if I could ever stop cringing when I looked at that name. I cannot. I hate the name Jackie. It is a girl's name! I'm 63, why should I care. I stopped using the name when I was a teenager. I go by Jack of course. I went into the army and had to tell them my real name. It is on my military record. When I go to the VA, I sit and wait to be called. Everyone is called with Mr. Jones, Mr. Brown, Mr. So and So. When it comes my turn, it is always Jackie Jarrett. I've thought about changing it to Jackson. My wife says I'm crazy. I say I probably am. Even if I change it, I'm still Jackie. I hate it." Jul. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jack and jil went up da hill and broke thier crowns and teh pail of water spilt. o...h........n..o...... mopp it up NOW" Jun. 25, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son the name...but hate that it's so darn popular right now. Every other kid being born seems to be named Jack these days..." May. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE the name Jack and had considered it as my first choice for our firstborn- being a son in Dec., 2004. However, my husband thought it was slightly common... he also thought it was becoming a big trend and didn't want to have our baby be among a million other boys named Jack within his generation. So we had to compromise and went with "Nicholas" instead. It worked out well, because we loved the idea of a saint's namesake. But JACK... *sigh* it's a GOOD name!" Jan. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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