Jago

Origin: Cornish Meaning: the Cornish form of Jacob meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Pronounced jay-go. Advertisements

Joyce

Origin: English Meaning: from medieval masculine name Josse, derived from Iudocus which is the Latinized form of Breton Judoc meaning “lord”. Originally a masculine name, it later became associated with the Middle English word joise meaning “to rejoice”. Variants: Joisse (u), Josse (m), Jocosa (f)

José

Origin: Spanish, Portuguese Meaning: the Spanish and Portuguese form of Joseph meaning “He will add” or “Yahweh will increase”. Pepe and Pepito are diminutive forms of the name in Spanish, while in Portuguese Zé and Zezé are the diminutive forms of José. Josefa is the feminine form of the name in Spanish and Portuguese (Pepita being…

Judikael

Origin: Breton, French Meaning: Breton form of French Judicaël meaning “generous lord” or “generous prince” from elements iud (lord, prince) and cael (generous). Judicaelle is a feminine form of the name. Variants: Judicaël, Juhel (French); Iudicael, Yezekael, Judicael

Jabari

Origin: African (Swahili); Arabic Meaning: it means “the brave one” or “brave person” in Swahili. I’ve also seen it listed as a variant of an Arabic male name, Jabir, which means “comfort” ot “bringer of comfort” although I’m not too sure of the accuracy on that.

Juana

Origin: Spanish Meaning: the feminine form of Juan, itself the Spanish form of John meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. Joan, Joanna and Jane would the English equivalent of Juana. Juanita is a diminutive form of the name. Variants: Juan (m)

July

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: derived from Julius (the month was named after Julius Caesar) which either means “downy-bearded” or else is related to Jupiter, composed of elements dyeus meaning “shine” or “sky” and pater “father”.

Judson

Origin: English Meaning: “son of Judd”, Judd being a medieval diminutive of Jordan which either means “descend” or “flow down”. Alternatively, it might also mean “son of Jude”, Jude meaning “praised”.

Jane, Jayne

Origin: Old French, Hebrew Meaning: the English form of Old French Jehanne, the feminine form of Johannes or Ioannes, ultimately coming from John meaning “Yahweh is gracious” or “God is gracious”. Interesing fact: before I saw the tv show Firefly, Jane has always been a girl’s name for me but after Firefly and Alec Baldwin’s character Jayne, it’s…

Jameson

Origin: English Meaning: son of James Variants: Jamison

Jocelyn

Origin: Germanic Meaning: from a Germanic tribal name called Gaut meaning “Goth” with a diminutive suffix so basically meaning “little Goth”. It became Goscelin and Gozelin in Norman French, eventually becoming Jocelin in English. Jocelyn may also come from Joyce, meaning “lord” or “to rejoice”. Jocelyn was used as a masculine name before it became more…

June

Origin: English, Latin Meaning: the name of the sixth month of the year, derived from the name of the Roman goddess Juno, possibly derived from Latin iuvenis meaning “youthful”. Variants: Juna, Junia, Junie, Djuna I’ve written an earlier post about this name but figured I’d write another one.

Jenifry

Origin: Cornish Meaning: a Cornish form of Welsh Gwenfrewi composed of Welsh elements gwen meaning “white, fair, blessed” and frewi meaning “reconciliation, peace”.

Joram

Origin: Hebrew Meaning: a contracted form of Jehoram meaning “exalted by Yahweh” or “exalted by God”. Variants: Yoram, Ioram, Jehoram, Yehoram

Josephine

Origin: French, English Meaning: the French feminine form of Joseph from the Hebrew Yosef meaning “He will add” or “God shall add”. Josephine Anwhistle is one of the guardians of the Baudelaires’ in the 3rd book (The Wide Window), a woman who loves grammar and was absolutely afraid of everything- doorknobs, stoves, and even realtors. Variants:…

Jacques

Origin: French Meaning: the French form of Jacob and James, both coming from Hebrew Ya’aqov meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter” It’s pronounced ZHAHK. Jacques Snicket appears in the 7th book of the series (The Vile Village), where he is mistaken for being Count Olaf, was murdered by the real Count Olaf and his murder pinned…

Jade

Origin: English, Spanish, French Meaning: derived from Spanish (piedra de) ijada meaning “colic stone” or “(stone of the) flank” relating to the belief that jade could protect the kidneys and intestines from disease. Jade is believed to symbolize purity, wisdom, justice, loyalty, sincerity and truth Variants: Jayde, Jada, Giada (Italian), Jaida, Jayda

Justinian

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin Iustinianus, from Justus meaning “just” Variants: Justin

January

Origin: Latin Meaning: from Latin ianuarius after the Roman god Janus, whose name means archway. Janus was the god of doors and beginnings and is depicted as having two heads, one looking backwards and the other forwards. Variants: Januarius, Janvier

Jensen

Pinterest Origin: Dutch Meaning: son of Jens Variants: Jenson