Name: Jack

Origin and Meaning of the Name Jack

  • Meaning:
    God is gracious
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  • Gender:
    Boy
  • Pronunciation:
    (JAK)
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Miscellaneous Info for Jack

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  • Used in:
    English speaking countries
  • Additional Info:
    Though originally a nickname for John, Jack is frequently given as a stand-alone name today. In the UK, it has been the most popular name for baby boys for the last thirteen years.

    In cards, a jack is the lowest-ranking of the face cards.

    Famous folkloric bearers of this name include Jack Be Nimble and Jack Spratt, of nursery rhyme fame, as well as Jack and the Beanstalk.

    In English-language slang, "you don't know jack" means "you don't know anything." "Jack," in this situation, stands in for a cruder phrase. In American slang, jack can also be used to say something has been disturbed or messed up (e.g. "this is jacked up"), or as an onanistic euphemism.

    American President John F. Kennedy was more well known as "Jack". American actors Jack Nicholson, Jack Palanace and Jack Lemmon are famous bearers of the name.

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Popularity Rank of Jack (US top 1000 names since 1880)

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