The name James
is a variant of the name Jacob
for "one who holds by the heel, outwitter".
James comes from the Low Latin Jacomus, a variant of the Latin Jacobus, which comes from the Hebrew Yakob.
It came to English through Old French[?] James, another form of Jacques or Jaques. Related names are the Italian Jacopo and Iago, and Spanish Diego and Santiago.
Its hypocoristics[?] are Jim and Jimbo.
Several people named James
are mentioned in the New Testament
, including two, possibly three apostles, and one "brother of Jesus
", although it is unclear whether some of these references are to the same person.
One of the books of the New Testament is the Epistle of James.
was the name of seven Kings of Scotland
, two of whom were Kings of England as well.
was also the name of two Kings of Aragon
is the name of a band from Manchester
, England, formed in 1982 and, according to reports, dissolved sometime in 2001, probably best known for their hit single, "Laid".
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