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FOR REAL: James is an English form of the Latin name, Iacomus which comes to us from Iakobos, the Greek form of the Hebrew name Yaakov. Yaakov is also the same name from where we get the English form Jacob. Yaakov stems from a word meaning "heel" or "heel grabber," due to the fact that when the biblical Jacob was born, he grabbed his brother Esau's heel. It is later in the Bible described to mean "supplanter," as Jacob supplanted (replaced) Esau twice, by his counting. James is the form used by the characters in the New Testament of the Bible (two of Christ's apostles).

diminutives: Jim, Jimmy, Jamie, Jem (rare)

related names: Jacqueline, Jacob