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Origin and popularity of the name JACK

Origin

Jack : 1: English and Scottish: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Jak Jakke Jagge Jake Jeke Jegge a Picard-Flemish denasalized form of Old Picard and Middle Dutch Janke a pet form of Jan (see John). It was introduced by Flemings and Picards into Norman and Anglo-Norman usage whence it became a common English and Scottish pet form of John. Although the surname is mainly Scottish in distribution it also occurs in England though the more common form there is Jackson.2: English: occasionally perhaps from a Middle English borrowing of the Old French personal name Jacque(s) (James). However it is uncertain whether English Jack was ever used as an alternative to James.3: Native American (e.g. Navajo): adoption of the English personal name Jack (see 1 above) as a surname.4: German (also Jäck): from a short form of the personal name Jacob.5: Americanized form of French Jacques 1.6: Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press

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