izhilzha (izhilzha) wrote,

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The name "Jack"

I've been wanting to post about this for a while. Not that it's terribly important in the grand scheme of life, or even fandom, but it keeps intriging me.

What is it with the name "Jack" showing up everywhere in American television? And film, for that matter? (I'm leaving books out of this, because the list would grow astronomically, and it's big enough already.)

Does it still have a strong connotation of masculinity, being the short, "macho" form of the common male Anglo (well, Anglo now, it's really Hebrew) name John?

Does it go with just about any last name?

Is it easy to shout when you're chasing down a bad guy and need your partner to cut him off at the pass?

In no particular order:

--Colonel Jack O'Neill (Stargate SG-1)

--Jack Bauer (24)

--Jack Carter (Eureka)

--Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Carribean)

--Jack Bristow (Alias)

--Dr. Jack Sheperd (LOST)

--Captain Jack Harkness (Doctor Who)


--Jack McCoy (Law & Order)

--Jack McFarland (Will and Grace)

--Jack Aubrey (Master and Commander)

--Dr. Jack Hodgins (Bones)

--Special Agent Jack Malone (Without A Trace)

--Jack DuBois (Medium)

...and there are many more, but my break here at work is up, so if you all could add the Jacks you know, and any reasons why you think "Jack" is a particularly appealing name for writers and producers to choose, drop me a comment!
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