What Are Some Popular Girl Names That Begin With "J"?


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The top "J" names for girls in 2014 were Julia at 85th, Jasmine, which took the 100th spot and Jocelyn, which ranked 114th, on a list by the Social Security Administration. Jennifer was number one on the list from 1970 to 1984, but ranked 220th in 2014.

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What Are Some Popular Girl Names That Begin With "J"?
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Julia comes from Latin origins and means "youthful." It is the female version of the name Julius, which dates back to Roman times. One of the first references to this name is in the Shakespeare play, "The Two Gentlemen of Verona."

The name Jasmine comes from the plant of the same name, which is a climbing plant that originated in Persia where it is called "yasamen." This plant name is also a common Persian name. The first uses of the name Jasmine in Western cultures were in the early 1900s. The name became quite popular after the release of the 1992 Disney movie "Aladdin," which contained a princess by this name.

Jocelyn has German roots. Literally translated it means "member of the Gauts Tribe." Though obscure today, the Gauts tribe dates back to the second century A.D. Ptolemy's writings contain references to this name. The name is also commonly said to mean "happy" or "joyful"

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