Baby Name Popularity, Data, and History


Meaning: Supplanter
Main Origin Language: Hebrew
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In 2017 the name James...

• was given to 14,232 baby boys
• was the 4th most popular name for baby boys
• was 10% less popular than it was ten years ago
• was most popular in Alaska, Montana, and Alabama
• was least popular in Nevada, West Virginia, and California
• a unisex name which was given to boys 99% of the time
• was about as popular as William and Logan
Babies Named James Born Per Year
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(In years of less than five births the number born is listed as zero and the rank was set to be the maximum rank)

Historically the name James...

• achieved it's highest popularity in 1950
• achieved it's lowest popularity in 2011
• is 83% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1950s
• is 41% less common in the 2010s than it was in the 1990s
• has the most similar popularity history to Robert, Raymond, Lonnie, Charlene, Yvonne, Marta
• has the most opposite popularity history to Ian, Hugo, Vicente, Noemi, Alanna, Priya
Rank Popularity of Baby Name James Per State
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Geographically the name James...

• 17% more popular east of the Mississippi than west of the Mississippi
• has the most similar state naming pattern as William, Samuel, Tanner, Adeline, Madison, Ava
• has the most opposite state naming pattern as Mario, Alec, Omar, Vanessa, Alexa, Alexia
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Average Age of Benjamin
54 Years
Benjamin is older than 83% of all names
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