Jack Name Meaning

Jack is often used as a boy name. Learn more about the meaning, origin, and popularity of the name Jack.

Fact checked by Karen Cilli

Looking for a strong, traditional name for your baby? Jack might be the perfect pick for you.

The name Jack is a derivative of John, which originated in medieval England. The name went from John to Johnkin to Jankin to Jackin to, you guessed it, Jack. Jack is also Celtic in origin, with a meaning of "healthy, strong, and full of vital energy."

Interestingly, the name was so common in the Middle Ages that Jack became a generic term for a man. Think about the phrase "jack of all trades" (a person who can do many different types of work).

Plus, the J name is frequently used in fairy tales and nursery rhymes, such as "Jack and the Beanstalk," "Jack and Jill," "Little Jack Horner," and "Jack Sprat."

  • Origin: English

  • Gender: Jack is traditionally the masculine form of the name and means "God is Gracious." However, both Jack and Jac are considered gender-neutral. Feminine variations, such as Jacklyn and Jacqueline are common.

  • Pronunciation: Jak

Editor's Note

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Parents believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

<p>Kay Fochtmann / EyeEm / Getty Images</p>

Kay Fochtmann / EyeEm / Getty Images

How Popular Is the Name Jack?

Jack is a solid, classic American name with worldwide appeal. In 2022, Jack was the 15th most popular boy name in the US. The traditional name has remained in the top 50 since 2000.

In 2020, Jack was also the number one name in both Scotland and Ireland. Its worldwide appeal doesn't stop there: Australia, England, and New Zealand count the name Jack in their top 10 boys' names lists.

Name Variations

Similar Names

  • Alexander

  • Benjamin

  • Carter

  • Finn

  • Henry

  • Jude

  • Liam

  • William

  • Owen

  • Samuel

Other boy names starting with "J" include:

  • Jackson

  • Jacques

  • Jacob

  • Jake

  • James

  • Jayden

  • Jeremiah

  • Jesus

  • John

  • Jonathan

  • Jordan

  • Jude

  • Judah

  • Justin

Common Nicknames

Common nicknames for Jack include:

  • Jackie

  • Jackers

  • John

Suggested Sibling Names

  • Alexander

  • Benjamin

  • Carter

  • Jessica

  • Liam

  • Max

  • Charlotte

  • Ella

  • Jane

  • Olivia

  • Rose

Famous People Named Jack

Notable people named Jack include actors, artists, athletes, and politicians. The name and its variations have been popular in literature, in music and even in nursery rhymes.

Famous Jacks

  • Jack Black, American actor, comedian, and musician

  • Jack Johnson, American singer and songwriter

  • Jack Kerouac, American novelist and poet

  • Jack Nicholson, American actor

  • Jack Nicklaus, American golfer

  • Jack White, American singer, songwriter, and producer

Famous Jackies

  • Jackie Gleason, an American actor, comedian, writer, composer, and conductor

  • Jackie Chan, martial artist, actor, film director, producer, stuntman, and singer

  • Jackie (Jacqueline) Kennedy Onassis, was an American writer, book editor and first lady of the United States

  • Jackie Roosevelt Robinson, American baseball player

Famous Jacksons

  • Jackson Pollock, American painter and prominent artist in the abstract expressionist movement.

  • Jackson Browne, American singer-songwriter and musician

Fictional Jacks

  • Jack Dawson, portrayed by Leonardo DiCaprio, is the handsome deuteragonist in James Cameron's Titanic.

  • Dr. Jack Shephard, portrayed by Matthew Fox, is the protagonist of the ABC television series Lost.

  • Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, is the main protagonist of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series.

  • Jack Ryan, a character in Tom Clancy novels, adapted for TV and film.

  • John Daniel Edward "Jack" Torrance, the main character of Stephen King's horror novel and film The Shining.

  • Jack Spriggins, from "Jack and the Beanstalk," an English fairytale.

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options:

For more Parents news, make sure to sign up for our newsletter!

Read the original article on Parents.