Jack

Jack originally began as a medieval diminutive of John from Jankin or Jackin, the English form of Iohannes, the Latin form of Greek Ioannes deriving from Hebrew Yochanana Hebrew masculine name meaning “Yahweh is gracious”. It could also be a short form of Jacqueline, the French feminine form of Jacques which is the French form of Jacob meaning “holder of the heel” or “supplanter”. Jack has also become a generic term for a man, as well as used as a name for Jack Frost, the personification of frost and snow in English folklore.

Nicknames: Jackie/Jacky

Origin: Hebrew

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Variants:

  • Jak

 

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