Jacqueline (given name)

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French: [ʒaˈklin]
Meaning"supplanter", "May God protect" [1]
Other names
Related namesJackie, Jacquelyn, Jacques, Jaclyn, Jacky
Popularitysee popular names

Jacqueline is a female given name.


Jacqueline comes from French, as the feminine form of Jacques (English James). Jacques originated from 'Jacob', which is derived from the Hebrew meaning 'may God protect' or 'supplanter'.

Supplanter refers to a person who replaces someone or thing of lesser value, and this Hebrew meaning refers to Jacob supplanting Esau as recorded in the Hebrew Bible. 'May God protect' has a more positive connotation and is therefore the preferred meaning for the name.

Jacqueline was first used in the United Kingdom in the 17th century.

Variant and diminutive forms[edit]

It has spelling variations and many variants in both spelling and pronunciation have come into use, such as Jacquelyn, Jackeline, Jackielyn, Jacklyn, and Jaclyn. The diminutive for Jacqueline is Jacquie, Jackie, Jacque or Jacqui, which also has many variants.


Jacqueline is a very popular female first name,[2] used in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Australia, South Africa and elsewhere.

One of the most famous persons to bear the name in the twentieth century is Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, née Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, often referred to as Jackie Kennedy following her marriage to U.S. President John F. Kennedy from 1953 to 1963. The name's popular image of elegance may derive at least in part from its association with her.[original research?]


  • Amharic: ጃክሊን (Jakilīni)
  • Arabic: جاكلين
  • Armenian: Ժագլին, Ժաքլինը (Zhak’liny)
  • Bangla: জ্যাকুলিন (Jyākulina)

Notable people[edit]

Television, stage, and film[edit]



  • Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, (1929-1994), former First Lady of the United States, widow of the U.S. President John F. Kennedy, widow of Aristotle Onassis
  • Jacqui Smith, British politician, former Home Secretary.




  • Jacqueline Barton, the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry and Chair of the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at the California Institute of Technology
  • Jacqueline Chen, American applied mathematician and mechanical engineer
  • Jacqueline Dewar, American mathematician
  • Jacqueline McGlade, environmental scientist, head of the European Environment Agency



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Campbell, Mike. "Meaning, origin and history of the name Jacob". Retrieved 13 February 2017.
  2. ^ 1990 U.S. Census

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