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Origin: Kenya
Region Origin: Eastern Africa

The name James is an English language given name of Hebrew origin, most commonly used for males. It has been used in England since the 13th century and became more popular in Scotland, where it was borne by several kings. The name James means "supplanter" or "replacer" and has its roots in the original Hebrew word for Jacob. The meaning of the name James is closely related to the Hebrew verb עקב (aqab), which means "to follow, to be behind" or "holder of". Additionally, the Latin name Jacomus means "may God protect". The name James has been consistently popular throughout the centuries, never falling out of the top 20 most popular names for boys in the United States since 1880. It was the top-ranked name for boys in the United States from 1940 to 1952.

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