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The Nuttall Encyclopedia
A familiar form of John, the most widely spread of Christian names, and said to be derived from the French
s others maintain, from
distinctive form of
b>Johnkin gives us
rom its extreme commonness it has acquired that slightly contemptuous signification observable in such compounds as "every man
nd the name as applied to the knaves in playing-cards, and to the small white ball used as a mark in the game of bowls is an example of its transferred sense.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Jack'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/j/jack.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.