English - Etymology
The English New Testament form of Jacob, from Old French James, from Late Latin Iacomus, dialect variant of Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iákōbos), from Ἰακώβ (Iakṓb), from Classical Hebrew יַעֲקֹב (Yaʿăqōḇ).
English - Pronunciation
- IPA(key): /d͡ʒeɪmz/, /ˈd͡ʒeɪms/
- Rhymes: -eɪmz
English - Proper Noun
- (biblical) The twentieth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the general epistle of James.
One of two Apostles, James the Greater and James the Less, often identified with James, brother of Jesus.
1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), Matthew 10:1-3:
- Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother; Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the publican; James the son of Alphaeus, and Lebbaeus, whose surname was Thaddaeus; Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also betrayed him.
- 1611, Bible (Authorized, or King James, Version), Matthew 10:1-3:
A male given name popular since the Middle Ages. Also a common middle name.
- 1810 Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake:
- 1979 Charles Kuralt, Dateline America, Harcourt Brace Jovanocich, ISBN 0151239576, page 184:
- An English patronymic surname.
- Jacob and its variants
- pet forms: Jaime, Jamie, Jay, Jim, Jimmie, Jimmy, Jimbo, Jem, Jemmy, Jambo, Jake