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Baby boy names beginning with J

On the hunt for baby name ideas for a boy that start with the 9th letter of the alphabet? We’ve got some joyous suggestions, along with their origin and meaning

The letter J

Here's our round-up of some great newborn baby names beginning with J along with their origin and meaning to help you decide whether your son could be a Jace, Jamal or Justin

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1. Jabari

  • Origin: Ancient Egyptian
  • Meaning: famous, brave

2. Jabez

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: unknown

3. Jace

  • Origin: Modern American
  • Meaning: unknown

4. Jack

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: God is gracious; derived from John
  • Also: John, Jackie, Jacky

5. Jackson

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: son of Jack; a surname used as a first name

6. Jacob

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: supplanter
  • Also: Jake

7. Jacoby

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: son of Jacob

8. Jacques

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: supplanter, someone taking the place of another through force, scheming, or strategy; the French form of Jack or James

9. Jaden

  • Origin: Unknown
  • Meaning: God has heard
  • Also: Jaiden, Jayden

10. Jagger

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: peddler

11. Jalal

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: greatness
  • Also: Jalil, Galal, Galil

12. Jamal

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: beautiful’
  • Also: Jaimal, Jamil, Jamel

13. Jamar

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: handsome

14. James

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: supplanter
  • Also: Jim, Jimmy, Jamie, Seamus (Irish form), Seamas (Irish form)

15. Jan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Also: John

16. Jared

  • Origin: Arabic, Hebrew
  • Meaning: descent; commanding
  • Also: Jarred, Jarod, Jarrod

17. Jaroslav

  • Origin: Czech
  • Meaning: Glory of spring

18. Jarvis

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: spear; version of Gervais; a surname used as a first name
  • Also: Jervis

19. Jason

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: The Lord saves
  • Mythology, the Greek hero who won the Golden Fleece

20. Jasper

  • Origin: Persian
  • Meaning: treasurer
  • Also: Caspar

21. Javier

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: castle; new house; reddish, semi-precious stone
  • Also: Xavier

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22. Jaxon

  • Origin: Anglo-American
  • Meaning: God is gracious
  • Also: Jax

23. Jaxxon

  • Origin: Amercan
  • Meaning: son Of Jack

24. Jay

  • Origin: Sanskrit
  • Meaning: victory; a short form of many names beginning with J

25. Jaylen

  • Origin: American
  • Meaning: thankful

26. Jedidiah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: friend of the Lord
  • Also: Jed

27. Jefferson

  • Origin: Middle English
  • Meaning: son of Jeffrey

28. Jeffrey

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: peace
  • Also: Geoffrey, Jeff.

29. Jensen

  • Origin: Danish
  • Meaning: son of Jens

30. Jeremy

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: may Jehovah raise up; the name is a form of Jeremiah
  • Also: Jerry

31. Jerome

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: holy name
  • Also: Jerry

32. Jerry

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: spear warrior
  • Also: Gerald, Gerard, Jeremy, Jerome

33. Jesse

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God lives
  • Also: Jess, Jake

34. Jeshan

  • Origin: Indian
  • Meaning: clever; clear

35. Jesus

  • Origin: Hebrew, from the names Yehoshua, or Joshua
  • Meaning: in the bible, the son of Mary and the Messiah, the son of God.

36. Jethro

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: excellence

37. Jett

  • Origin: Possibly English
  • Meaning: jet black stone

38. Jevante

  • Origin: African American
  • Meaning: son of Jeptheh

39. Jibben

  • Origin: Romany
  • Meaning: life

40. Jim/Jimmy

  • Origin: English
  • Meaning: supplanter
  • Also: James

41. Jiro

  • Origin: Japanese
  • Meaning: second son

42. Joab

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Jehovah is a father

43. Joachim

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: may Jehovah exalt

44. Job

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: persecuted

45. Jocelyn

  • Origin: Old German
  • Meaning: possibly, little Goth
  • Also: Jos, Joss

46. Jock

  • Origin: Scottish
  • Meaning: short form of John, often used as a nickname for a Scotsman

47. Joel

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Jehovah is God

48. John

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Jehovah is gracious: first used in the Latin form Johannes;
  • Also: Jack, Jackie, Johnnie, Johnny, Jan, Jock; Ian (Gaelic form), Iain (Gaelic form), Evan (Welsh form), Eoin, Sean, Shaun, Shawn (Irish forms) Shane (Irish form), Ivan (Russian form)

49. Jonah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: dove
  • Also: Jonas

50. Jonathan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Jehovah has given
  • Also: Jonathon, Jon

51. Jordan

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: to go down, relating to the Jordan River flowing into the Dead Sea; also used as a girl’s name

52. Jose

  • Origin: Spanish
  • Meaning: Spanish form of Joseph
  • Also: Joseph, Pepe

53. Joseph

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: Jehovah added
  • Also: Joe, Joeh, Jo, Jos, Jose (Spanish form)

54. Joshua

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: God is generous
  • Also: Josh

55. Josiah

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: may Jehovah heal
  • Alos: Josias

56. Jotham

  • Origin: Hebrew
  • Meaning: ‘God is perfect’

57. Joyce

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: lord; also used as a girl’s name

58. Jude

  • Origin: Greek
  • Meaning: praised

59. Julian

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: derived from the Roman family name Julius
  • Also: Jolyon, Julyan, Jules; Julien (French form)

60. Junayd

  • Origin: Arabic
  • Meaning: warrior

61. Jupiter

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: Roman god of the sky; the planet

62. Justice

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: just, upright; righteous; also used as a girl’s name

63. Justin

  • Origin: Latin
  • Meaning: upright, righteous, true, lawful

About our author Catherine Ball

Catherine Ball is a freelance journalist who specialises in writing about parenting and health. She has been a journalist for 20 years, writing for a wide range of regional and national publications. She is also mum to 4 children between the ages 3 and 12, so has drawn up many, many lists of baby names over the past few years.

Illustration: Emma Winchester

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