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JAMES - Name Meaning & Origin


JAMES Surname Meaning & Origin:

James is a patronymic name derived from "Jacob" and usually meaning "son of Jacob." In English, Jacob and James are distinctly separate names, but throughout the rest of the world, the two are often used interchangeably.

James is the 80th most popular surname in the United States. James is also popular in England, coming in as the 41st most common surname.

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Genealogy Resources for the Surname JAMES:

100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their Meanings
Smith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census?

JAMES Family Genealogy Forum
Search this popular genealogy forum for the James surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own James query.

FamilySearch - JAMES Genealogy
Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the James surname and its variations.

JAMES Surname & Family Mailing Lists
RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the James surname.

Cousin Connect - JAMES Genealogy Queries
Read or post genealogy queries for the surname James, and sign up for free notification when new James queries are added.

DistantCousin.com - JAMES Genealogy & Family History
Free databases and genealogy links for the last name James.

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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.

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