September 12, 2014 § Leave a comment
An English medieval diminutive of “James“.
VARIATIONS and NICKNAMES:
Jae, Jaime, Jamie, Jamey, Jay, Jemmy, Jim, Jimi, Jimmie, Jimmy, Jimsy, etc.
REFERENCES IN LITERATURE:
– Red Jem Hannaford, a sheep thief, in Lorna Doone, by R.D. Blackmore (written in 1869, set in the 1670s-1680s).
– Jem Slocombe, a laborer on John Ridd’s farm, in Lorna Doone.