Jacques is a common French male name and surname that translates to "Jacob", "James" and "Jack" in English. In its modern use, the name Jacques originates from the region of Brittany, in France, in the Middle Ages. It originated from the Latin name Jacobus, which came from the Hebrew name Yaakov, which meant "one who follows".
The correct pronunciation of Jacques in French is Sz-ahk. The "J", which is phonetically transcribed as "Sz" is pronounced with the same "s" that is pronounced in the word "vision". The second syllable, -ahk, is pronounced with an open "ah" sound and a short sounding "k".