Short form of James, already recorded as early as the Middle Ages and now also used independently. Well-known bearers of the name have included the Scottish racing driver Jim Clark (1936–68), the British comedian Jim Davidson (b. 1953), and the Canadian actor Jim Carrey (b. 1962).
English: variant of Vauxhall, habitational name from a place in Surrey so called, on the south bank of the River Thames, now part of Greater London. This was named in the 13th century as Faukeshalle ‘the Hall of Fauke’, a reference to Baron Falke de Breaulté, who was granted the manor by King John in 1233. This was the site of a famous pleasure garden frequented by 18th-century Londoners.