Jacques

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Jacques
Pronunciation [ʒɑk] or [ʒak]
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Hebrew
Region of origin French
Other names
Related names James, Jaime, Jacob, Jack, Jake, Jackie, Jacqueline, Iago, Diego, Tiago, Santiago

Jacques (French: [ʒak] (About this sound listen), Quebec French pronunciation : [ʒɑɔ̯k] (About this sound listen)) is the French equivalent of James, ultimately originating from the name Jacob.

Jacques is derived from the Late Latin Iacobus, from the Greek Ἰακώβος (Septuagintal Greek Ἰακώβ), from the Hebrew name Jacob יַעֲקֹב‬.[1] (See Jacob.) James is derived from Iacomus, a variant of Iacobus.[2]

As a first name, Jacques is often phonetically converted to English as Jacob, Jake (from Jacob), or Jack. Jack, from Jankin, is usually a diminutive of John but can also be used as a short form for many names derived from Jacob like Jacques. For example, in French "Jacky" is commonly used as a nickname for Jacques, in Dutch "Jack" is a pet form of Jacob or Jacobus along with the other nicknames "Sjaak", "Sjaakie" and "Jaak". In Swedish, it is "Jacke" for Jacob or Jakob and in German it is "Jackel" or "Jockel" for Jakob.[3]

People with the surname Jacques[edit]

People with the given name Jacques[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morris, William and Mary (eds); entry for "Jacob", American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1975).
  2. ^ Morris, William and Mary (eds); entry for "James", American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1975).
  3. ^ Morris, William and Mary (eds); entry for "Jack", American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language (1975).