Eddie Redmayne as Jack Jackson in "The Pillars of the Earth"

Meaning: “Yahweh is Gracious”
Gender: Male
Pronunciation: JAHK
Origin: English
Other forms of the name: Jackie, Jake, Seoc, Jock

Currently ranking #44 in the US, Jack is definitely popular. But there is a reason he is so well used. Jack has that one syllable that can pack a punch, it can be manly but not obnoxiously so, and it ages incredibly well. So is there anything that Jack has against it? Not really. Unless you have something against nicknames used as full names, though Jack is often considered a name in its own right. Jack first came along in the Middle Ages as a new form of the nickname Jackin which was a nickname of John. It was very popular in the Middle Ages and became a slang term for “man”.

There are many associations with the name Jack. There’s “Jack and the Beanstalk”, “Jack be Nimble”, and “Jack and Jill” for the younger crowd. Then there’s Captain Jack Sparrow from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie franchise and Jack Skellington from “The Nightmare Before Christmas”. Jack White was the guitarist and lead signer of the band “The White Stripes”.

The name Jack was recently brought to my attention by the mini-series “The Pillars of the Earth” which is based on the book of the same name by Ken Follett. Jack Jackson is one of the main characters in the story, he is a clever but quiet young man who is very artistic. He is in love Aliena, the daughter of the Earl of Shiring. In the series he is played by the very adorable Eddie Redmayne.