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James Name Meaning

English: from a personal name that has the same origin as Jacob. However, among English speakers, it is now felt to be a separate name in its own right. This is largely because in the Authorized Version of the Bible (1611) the form James is used in the New Testament as the name of two of Christ’s apostles (James the brother of John and James the brother of Andrew), whereas in the Old Testament the brother of Esau is called Jacob. The form James comes from Latin Jacobus via Late Latin Jac(o)mus, which also gave rise to Jaime, the regular form of the name in Spanish (as opposed to the learned Jacobo). See also Jack and Jackman. This is a common surname throughout the British Isles, particularly in South Wales.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ames, Janes, Jakes, Jaques, Sales, Amos, Jaimes, Sames, Eales, Hamel

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James Family Origin

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James Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named James. 30% of James men worked as a Farmer and 12% of James women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named James were Carpenter and Farmer

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Income
    8%
  • Farmer
    7%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

James Historical Records

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James Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, James life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for James in 1940 was 40, and 72 in 2004.

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