Jack name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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What does the name Jack mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Jack

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from Turkey says the name Jack means "God is Gracious, Gift of God, Gracious gift of Jehovah" and is of English origin.
  2. A submission from Virginia, U.S. says the name Jack means "God's gracious gift" and is of Jewish origin.
  3. According to a user from Turkey, the name Jack is of Hebrew origin and means "Deprived from the name John, meaning 'Gracious Gift of God.'".
  4. A submission from Netherlands says the name Jack means "God is gracious, gift from God" and is of Latin origin.
  5. According to a user from Turkey, the name Jack is of Hebrew origin and means "God is merciful, he has shown favor, Jehovah has been gracious".
  6. 4 people from the United States and the United Kingdom agree the name Jack is of English origin and means "God is gracious".
  7. 2 submissions from the United States and the United Kingdom agree the name Jack means "Gift of God" and is of English / Arabic origin.
  8. According to a user from Australia, the name Jack is of English origin and means "Funny, talented handsome and loving".
  9. A user from Pennsylvania, U.S. says the name Jack is of English origin and means "Kind soul loving soul".
  10. A submission from the United Kingdom says the name Jack means "Lad" and is of Anglo-Saxon origin.
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jack
A large tree, the Artocarpus integrifolia, common in the East Indies, closely allied to the breadfruit, from which it differs in having its leaves entire. The fruit is of great size, weighing from thirty to forty pounds, and through its soft fibrous matter are scattered the seeds, which are roasted and eaten. The wood is of a yellow color, fine grain, and rather heavy, and is much used in cabinetwork. It is also used for dyeing a brilliant yellow.

Etymology: Pg. jaca, Malayalam, tsjaka

noun Jack
  1. A familiar nickname of, or substitute for, John."You are John Rugby, and you are Jack Rugby." [Shak.]
  2. An impertinent or silly fellow; a simpleton; a boor; a clown; also, a servant; a rustic." Jackfool." [Chaucer.]"Since every Jack became a gentleman, There 's many a gentle person made a Jack." [Shak.]
  3. A popular colloquial name for a sailor; -- called also Jack tar, and Jack afloat.
  4. A mechanical contrivance, an auxiliary machine, or a subordinate part of a machine, rendering convenient service, and often supplying the place of a boy or attendant who was commonly called Jack
    1. A device to pull off boots.
    2. A sawhorse or sawbuck.
    3. A machine or contrivance for turning a spit; a smoke jack, or kitchen jack.
    4. [Mining]
      A wooden wedge for separating rocks rent by blasting.
    5. [Knitting Machine]
      A lever for depressing the sinkers which push the loops down on the needles.
    6. [Warping Machine]
      A grating to separate and guide the threads; a heck box.
    7. [Spinning]
      A machine for twisting the sliver as it leaves the carding machine.
    8. A compact, portable machine for planing metal.
    9. A machine for slicking or pebbling leather.
    10. A system of gearing driven by a horse power, for multiplying speed.
    11. A hood or other device placed over a chimney or vent pipe, to prevent a back draught.
    12. In the harpsichord, an intermediate piece communicating the action of the key to the quill; -- called also hopper.
    13. In hunting, the pan or frame holding the fuel of the torch used to attract game at night; also, the light itself.
      C. Hallock.
  5. A portable machine variously constructed, for exerting great pressure, or lifting or moving a heavy body such as an automobile through a small distance. It consists of a lever, screw, rack and pinion, hydraulic press, or any simple combination of mechanical powers, working in a compact pedestal or support and operated by a lever, crank, capstan bar, etc. The name is often given to a jackscrew, which is a kind of jack.
  6. The small bowl used as a mark in the game of bowls."Like an uninstructed bowler who thinks to attain the jack by delivering his bowl straight forward upon it." [Sir W. Scott.]
  7. The male of certain animals, as of the ass.
  8. [Zoöl]
    1. A young pike; a pickerel.
    2. The jurel.
    3. A large, California rock fish (Sebastodes paucispinus); -- called also boccaccio, and mérou.
    4. The wall-eyed pike.
  9. A drinking measure holding half a pint; also, one holding a quarter of a pint.(Prov. Eng)
  10. [Naut]
    1. A flag, containing only the union, without the fly, usually hoisted on a jack staff at the bowsprit cap; -- called also union jack. The American jack is a small blue flag, with a star for each State.
    2. A bar of iron athwart ships at a topgallant masthead, to support a royal mast, and give spread to the royal shrouds; -- called also jack crosstree.
  11. The knave of a suit of playing cards.
  12. plA game played with small (metallic, with tetrahedrally oriented spikes) objects (the jacks(1950+), formerly jackstones) that are tossed, caught, picked up, and arranged on a horizontal surface in various patterns; in the modern American game, the movements are accompanied by tossing or bouncing a rubber ball on the horizontal surface supporting the jacks. same as jackstones.
  13. Money.(slang)
  14. Apple jack.
  15. Brandy.

Note: Jack is used adjectively in various senses. It sometimes designates something cut short or diminished in size; as, a jack timber; a jack rafter; a jack arch, etc.

Etymology: F. Jacques James, L. Jacobus, Gr. �, Heb. Ya 'aqōb Jacob; prop., seizing by the heel; hence, a supplanter. Cf. Jacobite Jockey

noun Jack
A coarse and cheap mediæval coat of defense, esp. one made of leather.

Etymology: F. jaque jacque, perh. from the proper name Jacques. Cf. Jacquerie

noun Jack
A pitcher or can of waxed leather; -- called also black jack.

Etymology: Named from its resemblance to a jack boot

verb Jack
To hunt game at night by means of a jack. See 2d Jack (n.), 4, (n.)
verb Jack
To move or lift, as a house, by means of a jack or jacks. See 2d Jack (n.), 5.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Male donkey
  2. Any of several fast-swimming predacious fishes of tropical to warm temperate seas
  3. Tool for exerting pressure or lifting
  4. One of four face cards in a deck bearing a picture of a young prince
  5. Small flag indicating a ship's nationality
  6. Game equipment consisting of one of several small six-pointed metal pieces that are picked up while bouncing a ball in the game of jacks
  7. An electrical device consisting of a connector socket designed for the insertion of a plug
  8. A small ball at which players aim in lawn bowling
  9. Immense East Indian fruit resembling breadfruit; it contains an edible pulp and nutritious seeds that are commonly roasted
  10. Someone who works with their hands; someone engaged in manual labor
  11. A man who serves as a sailor
  12. A small worthless amount ("you don't know jack")
  13. Hunt with a jacklight
  14. Lift with a special device ("jack up the car so you can change the tire")

From Middle English Jankin, a popular pet form of John; rarely also an anglicized form of French Jacques (equivalent of Jacob and James). It can be also used as nickname for Jacob. Though the name was originally a pet form, it has become more of an independent name. Equivalent to John + -kin.

  1. A male given name from Hebrew, also used as a pet form of John.
  2. A surname​.

See also Middle French Hennequin, Jannequin and Middle Dutch Janneken.

  1. A male given name from Hebrew, also used as a pet form of John.
  2. A surname​.

From the common name above.

  1. (informal) a placeholder or conventional name for any man, particularly a younger, lower-class man
  2. (informal, archaic) a Jack Tar, a sailor
  3. (informal, archaic) a Jack Rum, a soldier
  4. A jacqueminot rose.

    Jack was also found in the following language(s): Danish and Swedish

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Jack

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    Jarrett Jack

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    Wolfman Jack

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    New Jack

    New Jack is a wrestler. New was born on January 5th, 1963 in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    Badou Jack

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    Myles Jack

    Myles Jack is an athlete. Myles was born on September 3rd, 1995 in Scottsdale, Arizona.

    Barnaby Jack

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Jack U.S.
      White 59.09% 64.26%
      African American 28.61% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.94% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 4.92% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.85% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.60% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Jack

    People with the last name Jack are most frequently White or African American

    Entire United States

    Fun Facts about the name Jack

  1. What name lists does Jack rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Jack? Jack is the 80th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Jack was the 19th most popular name. As a last name Jack was the 2,382nd most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Jack have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 706,086 babies born with the first name Jack in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jack to occupy the country of Montenegro with an estimated population of 620,029 (as of April 1, 2011).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Jack? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 204 new born babies.
  5. When was Jack first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jack is Saturday, August 22nd, 1818.
  6. What year had the most people named Jack born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jack was in 1927 with a total of 12,801 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jack!
  7. Random Jack Factoid: According to the 1950 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jack ranks 83rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 33 babies in Connecticut have the same name in 1950.
  8. Weird things about the name Jack: The name spelled backwards is Kcaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Kjca. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Jack? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,256 people with the last name Jack.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jack? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Jack as their last name.
  11. Jack name meaning

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