Jack - where are they all??

(49 Posts)
DontSayWhatSayPardon Sun 25-Nov-12 08:29:11

So Ds2 on the way. DH has been campaigning for Jack as a name since DS1. I vetoed it for DS1 on the grounds it had been the most popular name for 10 years. Now that it's been knocked off the top spot by Jake (which was ironically on our short list last time), and because we are woefully short of boys names we like and agree on, Jack is in the frame. I know it's popular but I actually only know one adult and NO kids called Jack. Im guessing it must be a geographical thing. I live in SW London.

How many Jacks do you know and where do you live? Would really help with our decision. Thanks!

RancerDoo Sun 25-Nov-12 08:32:47

I only know one baby Jack. It is my favourite boys' name (today). I live in N London, but Jack lives in Surrey.

buzzgirly Sun 25-Nov-12 08:33:12

I live in the Scottish Highlands, and work with children and know only one Jack. I think it depends on your area, my dd's name is in the top ten and I'm still waiting to meet another one.

Jack is lovely.

None, my DC are 5 and 2.
There is not a jack in DD school year of 45.

Think there may have been one at Playgrp.

Around here, we're all well into the granny grandad names so met a Muriel the other day!
SE London, a pretty middle class part.

Ouluckyduck Sun 25-Nov-12 08:35:22

I live in the West Midlands, and there are tons.

SavoyCabbage Sun 25-Nov-12 08:35:48

I live in Melbourne and peoria tend to be far more adventurous name wise. Jack is one of the few names in our school of 500 that there are multiples of. There are two jacks in dd's class (the only double) and a Jap too which doesn't help and a fair few scattered through the school.

It's a nice name though. I do really like it and it's popularity has made it more classic than other similar names.

JambalayaWarmMincePie Sun 25-Nov-12 08:36:23

There's a baby Jack on my parents street, and one at NCT.

SomebodySaveMe Sun 25-Nov-12 08:36:52

I have one. He's 3 and I know one other. We were concerned about how popular it supposedly is but haven't really met many others.

SomebodySaveMe Sun 25-Nov-12 08:37:36

I live in Northamptonshire if that helps.

ohfunnyface Sun 25-Nov-12 08:37:36

5+ years of teaching and only taught a handful of jacks.

It's our boy's name for soon to be born baby!

Ruprekt Sun 25-Nov-12 08:38:33

I work in the SE in a huge primary school of 700 and I know 4 Jacks.

None of my friends have a Jack.

None of my family are called Jack.

I think you should use it.

muriel76 Sun 25-Nov-12 08:39:24

I'm in the south east and I have just counted ten that I can think of quickly. It must be a geographical thing. It's a lovely name though.

insanityscratching Sun 25-Nov-12 08:40:27

I have a Jack grin he's 17 now though and know a few around his age but don't know any under 5.

Brugmansia Sun 25-Nov-12 08:42:15

Off the top of my head, in the past few years 2 of my cousins, one colleague and one friend have all called their babies Jack. That's also spread across various parts of South London, Surrey and Leeds.

Startail Sun 25-Nov-12 08:43:09

We have one or two, but older 10+, don't know any younger Jacks.

I'd go for it.

VBisme Sun 25-Nov-12 08:51:57

Isn't jack a nickname for John or Jackson?

lljkk Sun 25-Nov-12 09:10:32

The youngest Jack I know is nearly 7. Tonnes age 12-13, though.

What about John? Jack was originally NN for John, too (Jack Kennedy).

HavingALittleFaithBaby Sun 25-Nov-12 09:46:48

Jack was traditionally a NN for John (think 'Importance of being Earnest') but now stands alone. I only know one I can think of. I love it and its on our short list!

FYI they think Jake has become more popular recently....because of Twilight hmm

I have one, and he was one of 6 in his year at primary school. There were also 6 Harry's and 4 Oliver's. Can't say that it has ever bothered him, or me.

SurreyWithAFringeOnTop Sun 25-Nov-12 10:27:58

I know two aged five and one aged three.

Popularity is a strange thing; I know no Harrys, Olivers or Charlies but they must all be out there somewhere!

I am in the South East.

coldcupoftea Sun 25-Nov-12 10:37:45

I know one little boy age 2 and three dogs named Jack grin

I also work in a school and can't think of any off the top of my head.

I know multiple baby Edwards and Georges though.

I live in East Anglia, and of the 120 kids at my DDs primary school 12 are called Jack. So 1 in 10 kids, 1 in 5 boys. They are all here, apparently.

Why don't you ask same Q on netmums grin

MrsBungleBear Sun 25-Nov-12 13:37:21

I live in Nottingham. I know of 6 Jack's. There are 3 in my DD's class at nursery.

SneezySnatcher Sun 25-Nov-12 14:17:20

They are all here in the North East! I've been teaching for six years and every class I've taught has had at least two Jacks (honestly). My very first class had four (although one was a Jak).

This year at my school (two form entry, nearly 400 kids) every class has one Jack. Some have two or three.

If you go on the Office of National Statistics site, which has the top 100 names for each year, you can get the top ten for your area. Jack is top in NE but doesn't appear in London top ten at all (I have the lists as I'm pg with a DS this time)!

Beaditsback Sun 25-Nov-12 14:43:25

We have a Jack. He's 2 and there are no others at the groups we go to. Here (Leeds) all boys under 2 seem to be from the following list:

I know at least three of all of those all under 2. Not to say Jack isn't still popular up here.... It is but all the ones I know are 10+

higgle Sun 25-Nov-12 14:48:38

My Jack is 21 now, he was one of the first. When we told people his name when he was a baby they pulled faces ad said "is it a family name?" as if we had called him Ebenezer or Adolph! There was one other Jack in his class at school and there are 2 in DS2's year ( he is 18). My Jack has Alexander as his first name ( we found it easier to find names Jack went with if they were put first ) and there are far more boys called Alex around his age than any other name.

manicinsomniac Sun 25-Nov-12 15:05:48

Where I work we have 1 in Y2, 2 in Y3 and 1 in Y6. I also know a 2 year old Jack.

Really not very many at all.

pixiestix Sun 25-Nov-12 15:35:23

In my baby group in Cornwall 5 out of the 8 boys were called Jack (this was 2010). I'm in London now and I don't know a single Jack under the age of 30. Geography definitely makes a huge difference!

Frikadellen Sun 25-Nov-12 19:31:51

I know 5 ranging between 15 and 1

DontSayWhatSayPardon Mon 26-Nov-12 17:27:41

Thanks everyone for your input. The ONS stats by region particularly useful. Weirdly ds1's name was apparently no.1 in London (where I live) last year and yet I've never met another baby called it. All very odd! I guess the moral of the story is just go with what you like and are not sick of hearing at your local playground/nursery/school! grin

Personally I think people can read too much into popularity.

DS1 (who is almost 13) is named Jack. Needless to say it was the #1 name in 1999.

There were 9.785 baby boys named Jack in 1999 (in England & Wales, Scotland has its own data). Yet there were 319,255 baby boys born in England & Wales that year, so that means 309,470 baby boys born that year were NOT named Jack.

Of the 9,785 that were, they're going to be spread all over England and Wales. As a result, there are very few at my son's school, yet people kept telling me he'd be one of many when he got to school.

I appreciate then when people first look at the popularity charts, seeing a name high on the chart can perhaps be a downer, but when you look closely at the actual statistics you realise that in reality it isn't that much of an issue.

West Midlands - I know 4/5+ Jacks smile

Jamdoughnutfiend Tue 27-Nov-12 09:07:12

London, I know 3 jacks - 1 baby, 2 3-year olds HTH

DontSayWhatSayPardon Tue 27-Nov-12 22:17:33

Tess - wise words! I think the whole thread has encouraged me not to get too hung up on it actually. So at least there is now ONE name me and DH potentially agree on grin

FlaminNoraImPregnantPanda Tue 27-Nov-12 22:24:24

Both Jack and Jake are shortened versions of Jacob. I know this because I have researched this name right back to it's Hebrew origins (coz I wants it for my baby grin). Both James and John come from it too. They all mean the same: heel grabber.

FlaminNoraImPregnantPanda Tue 27-Nov-12 22:26:17

Forgot to say, in my family we have 2 Jacks, 1 John, 1 Jimmy, 1 Jim, 1 James, 1 Seamus (Irish for James) and possibly soon a Jacob/Jake. We don't appear to have much imagination. grin

3monkeys Tue 27-Nov-12 22:30:19

Tess, I have a 13 year old Jack too. He's named after my dad. He was the only one I a year of 60 at primary school and we don't know any others his age. We're in the Northwest.

Beaditsback Wed 28-Nov-12 00:14:45

FlaminNora Jack isn't a form of Jacob. It's a diminutive of John

Beaditsback Wed 28-Nov-12 00:16:50

Oh..... Read your post again. Heal grabber!? That's so good grin
<<<going to investigate Ds' name some more>>>

JennyPiccolo Wed 28-Nov-12 00:22:46

A jake is a vagrant, in Glasgow vernacular, in case that may influence.

FlamingNora - you are right that James also comes from the same root name as Jacob (Ya'akov), but John does not.

John is a shortened form of Johanan, which in turn is the Anglicised form of the Hebrew Yochanan which means "God is gracious".

Jack derives from John, through the name Jankin, a Medieval form of John. Jankin became Jackin, which in turn, got shortened to Jack.

Jack can be used as a short form of Jacob, inspired by Jacques, the French form of Jacob. However, it originates from John, so means the same as John (God is gracious).

I live in east anglia and my ds is the only Jack in his school, nursery-y6. Also at my siblings school there's only 2 Jacks. The only other Jack I've come across since he was born was an elderly gentleman, his wife told me Jacks never really grow up and never loose the spirit of a child.

VikingLady Wed 28-Nov-12 12:21:50

Two in our bf group, so out of about 20 babies. Sorry!

Still a nice name though.

evamummy Wed 28-Nov-12 15:37:45

There are A LOT of Jacks around here (Surrey).

wigglesrock Wed 28-Nov-12 21:25:29

They must be in the same place as all the Olivias grin I have an Olivia and she's the only one in her school year. Jack is lovely, its my grandfathers name and always floated about our boys names list. I don't know any - I know of one.

rainbow2000 Fri 30-Nov-12 22:32:59

I know 2 Jacks one is in ds3 school the other lives in London,it would depend on your area i suppose and how popular the name is where you are.
If you really like go for it

ilovemybum Fri 30-Nov-12 22:36:11

I'm down south and know of a 5 year old and a new born called Jack. Also know a Jak who is 4(ish)

CheerfulYank Fri 30-Nov-12 22:47:19

If the one I'm having in May is a boy he will be Jack. smile I know only one. Am American though.

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