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See also: jake, jaké, jakë, and Jakë



Originally a medieval variant of Jack, derived from John; today also used as a diminutive form of Jacob and James.


  • IPA(key): /d͡ʒeɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -eɪk

Proper noun[edit]

Jake (plural Jakes)

  1. A male given name.
    • 1927 Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises, Chapter III:
      Brett smiled at him. "I've promised to dance this with Jacob," she laughed. "You've a hell of a biblical name, Jake."
    • 1985 Ed McBain: Snow White and Rose Red: page 10:
      Her attendant - Jake, she had called him, which seemed an appropriate name for a redheaded, no-neck redneck with the muscles of a dedicated weight lifter - - -