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Jake is a wildly popular not only in real life but also throughout television, movies, and literature. From “Two and a Half Men” to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”, Jake is a name that television writers seem to gravitate to when they want to show strength, humor, and caring in characters. There is no shortage of Jakes in movies either, “Avatar” has Jake Sully while “The Blues Brothers” has Jake Blues leading the way. Keep reading to find out more about this baby name.

Meaning of the name Jake:

Hebrew: Diminutive of Jacob, supplanter
English: Supplanter

Origin of the name Jake:

Hebrew. Jake is the diminutive form of Jacob which means the “supplanter.” It has long been regarded as an English name with the same meaning.

Baby name Jake

Symbolism of the name Jake:

“Supplanter” refers to the replacement of one thing for another whether by force or trickery. It can also symbolize sacrifice and strength in regards to putting oneself in harm's way for the benefit of another.

Style of the name Jake:

Classic

Gender of the name Jake:

Jake is often considered the diminutive of the baby boy name Jacob.

Pronunciation of the name Jake:

j(a)-ke

Syllables in the name Jake:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Jake:

The name Jake evokes a feeling of daring and warmth.

Alternative spellings for the name Jake:

Jayke, Jaik

Nicknames for the name Jake:

Jay

Popularity of the name Jake:

According to the Social Security Administration index, Jake was the 319th most popular boy name in 2020. Jake has been in the top 400 boy's names the last 20 years, peaking at 96th in 2000.

Related names for the name Jake:

Jacob, Jakob, Jack, Jakeb, Jaye

Great middle names for Jake and their meanings:

  • Burke (from the fortified settlement)
  • Dylan (great tide)
  • Grayson (son of the steward)
  • Kirby (settlement by a church)
  • Pierce (variant form of Peter)
  • Sterling (genuine, of high quality)
  • Weston (west town)

Famous people with the name Jake:

  • Jake Gyllenhall (actor)
  • Jake Owen (singer)
  • Jake Austin (actor)
  • Jake Short (actor)
  • Jake LaMotta (boxer)

Jake in movies/pop culture:

  • Jake Otto (character on “Fear the Walking Dead”)
  • Jake Peralta (character on “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
  • Jake Tucker (character on “Family Guy”)
  • Jake Harper (character on “Two and a Half Men”)