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Why is jack short for john?


John is a name with history stretching back far into Biblical times. However, during medieval times, the name John was altered slightly in the Germanic tongues to Jankin or Jackin. The Normans added -kin when they wanted to make a diminutive. Out of that, we get the nickname Jack.

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