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James


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Origin Of The Surname James

Meaning Of The Surname James

Descendant of Jacob

Interesting Facts About James

James is a patronymic surname which means it was given to the members of a household to pass down the fatherís name. This also often included servants and slaves taking on the surname of their masters, which lead to a rise in English surnames and a fall in foreign surnames until the 19th century in English speaking countries. James as a given name is a variant of Jacob and therefore the surname James means descendant of Jacob, which is of Hebrew origin. Alex James is a Scottish football player.

James Statistics

James is the number 28 ranked surname in the United Kingdom. According to our statistics around 151,855 share the surname James in the UK.

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