- James is a male name.
- An example of James is the first name of the United States President Madison.
- An example of James is the first name of one of the twelve Apostles.
President Madison's name was James.
- a masculine name: dim. Jamie, Jim, Jimmy; fem. Jamie
- one of the twelve Apostles, Zebedee's son and brother of John: his day is July 25
- one of the twelve Apostles, Alphaeus' son: his day is May 3also Saint James the Less
- a brother of Jesus: Gal. 1:19; also, a book of the New Testament sometimes ascribed to him: abbrev. Jas or Jm
Origin of JamesMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin Jacomus, later form of Jacobus: see Jacob
- 1566-1625; king of England (1603-25) & (as ) king of Scotland (1567-1625): son of Mary, Queen of Scots
- 1633-1701; king of England & (as ) king of Scotland (1685-88): deposed: son of Charles I
- James, Henry 1811-82; U.S. writer on religion & philosophy: father of Henry & William
- James, Henry 1843-1916; U.S. novelist, in England: son of Henry and brother of William
- James, Jesse (Woodson) 1847-82; U.S. outlaw
- James, William 1842-1910; U.S. psychologist & philosopher: exponent of pragmatism: son of Henry
- river in Va., flowing from the W part southeast into Chesapeake Bay: 340 mi (547 km)
- river in E N.Dak. & E S.Dak., flowing south into the Missouri: 710 mi (1,143 km)
Origin of JamesMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin Iacomus, variant of Iacōbus, Iacobus; see Jacob.
, Saint. Known as “the Great.” Died AD 44.
, Saint. Known as “the Just.” Died c. AD 62.
, Saint. Known as “the Less.” fl. first century AD.
- (biblical) The twentieth book of the New Testament of the Bible, the general epistle of James.
- One of two Apostles, James the Greater and James the Less, often identified with James, brother of Jesus.
- A male given name popular since the Middle Ages. Also a common middle name.
- An English patronymic surname.
The English New Testament form of Jacob, from Old French James, from Late Latin Iacomus, dialect variant of Iacobus, from Ancient Greek Ἰάκωβος (Iacōbos), from Ἰακώβ (Iacōb), from Classical Hebrew יַעֲקֹב (Yaʿăqōḇ).