Jacintha (Greek) - "Purple." The origin is the same as Hyacinthe.

Jacinthe - French variant.

Jacinta - Spanish form.

Jacobina (Hebrew) - "Supplanter." This name, which is popular in Scotland, is the feminine of Jacob. James is the usual English form, and has the same meaning.

Jacobine - German form of above.

Jacqueline - French diminutive.

Jacquetta - English variant.

Jacquita - Spanish form of same.

Jaculin - English variant.

Jacquenetta - French diminutive of Jacquetta.

Jamesina (Hebrew) - "A supplanter." Feminine form of James, which, like Jacob, was originally used principally in Scotland, and introduced into England when the ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots' son succeeded to the united thrones as James VI. of Scotland and I. of England.

Jane (Hebrew) - "Grace of the Lord." This name comes from the same root as Hannah. The Hebrew word "Chaanach" - " favour," " mercy," or " grace " - being combined with " Jah," a contraction of Jehovah, produces Johanna, which is the proper form of the word. The familiar John and Jane and Joan are all contractions of this.

Janet, Jannet are Scottish contractions of Johanna.

Janira (Greek) - " Sea-nymph."

Jasmine - A flower name, signifying " amiability."

Javotte (Celtic) - " White stream."

Jean (Hebrew) - " Grace of the Lord." Jean and Jeanie are both Scottish contractions of Johanna, and correspond to the English form, Jane.

Jeanne - French form of Jean.

Jeannette - French diminutive of above. Also Jeannetton, Jeanetta, and Jennette.

Jemima (Arabic) - "A dove." (Hebrew) - " Handsome as the day." Of these two meanings the last is the most used. Jemima, Keren-happuch, and Keziah were the daughters of Job. " And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job" (Job xiii. 14).

Jennifer (Celtic) - " White wave." The Cornish form of Guinevere, which see.

Jenny - English contraction of Johanna.

Jenovefa (Celtic) - " White wave." Breton form of Guinevere. Gwendolen is the commonest of all the " gwen," and " gwin " names.

Jera (Greek) - " Water-maid."

Jessica (Hebrew) - " Grace of the Lord." Another variant of Johanna, which has almost as many derivates as Elizabeth and Mary and Harriet.

Jessie - Popular English contraction of Jessica.

Jess and Jessy are favourite Scottish forms.

Jessidora - " Grace and gift of the Lord."

Jewele (Hebrew) - " Life."

Jezebel (Hebrew) - " Bold."

Joanna, wife of Herod's steward, Chuza, was one of the women who ministered unto Christ (Luke viii. 3).

Johanna (Hebrew) - " The Lord's Grace."

Joan - English contraction of above.

Jocasta (Greek) - " Twice-wedded."

Joceline (Latin) - "Sportive" or "merry." From Jocus - " sport."

Jocelyn - Variant of above.

Jocosa - English name derived from the Latin adjective " jacosa " - " sportive." Later corrupted into Joyce.

Jocunda - English variant of above.

Jodoca - Welsh form of Jocosa.

Joletta (Latin) - " Violet," or " modest grace." This is the pretty old English form that the modern Violet has replaced

Jolette - French form of above.

Josceline (Latin) - " Just," from " Justus."

Joscelyn - Variant of above.

Josepha (Hebrew) - "Increase"or "addition."

Josefa and Joseflna are variants.

Josephine - French diminutive of above.

Josselyn (Latin) - " Just."

Joyce (Latin) - " Gladness." From " jocus."

Joy - Other forms of Jocosa.

Juanita - Spanish form of Joanna, which see. This name is very popular in Spain.

Judith (Hebrew) - " Praise of the Lord." This name, famous from the story of Judith, who assassinated Holofernes, the general of Nebuchadnezzar, in order to save her native town of Bethulia, has been used in England for centuries. The wife of Aethel-wulf, King of Kent and Wessex, introduced it before the days of Alfred the Great. One of William the Conqueror's nieces bore the name; and it has always been in use in Ireland more or less.

Judy and Jugge are the diminutives of above.

Judithe - French form of above.

Julia (Latin) - " Soft haired."

Julie - French form of above.

Juliana - Spanish variant, also Portuguese.

Julienne - French diminutive.

Juliet - Italian derivative. Julia in early centuries was one of the most famous names among Roman women. It was used as an English name principally during the early parts of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.

Julietta - Italian diminutive.

Juletta, Julitta - A Syrian form of Julia.

June (Latin) - " Love."

Junia (Latin) - " Loyal friend."

Justa (Latin) - " Just."

Justia - Derivative of above.

Justina - Diminutive of above. Used in Spain.

Justine - French form of Justa.

Karina - A Scandinavian contraction of

Katharine. Katarina - Slavonic, Swedish and Russian form of Katharine. Kate - German contraction of Katharine. Also

" Kathe."