What does Jay mean?
Jay [jay] as a girls' name (also used more regularly as boys' name Jay) is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Jay is "blue crested bird". Also a medieval name possibly from Gaius (Latin) "happy"; also pet form of names beginning with J- (see also Dee and Kay). In Hindi, it is derived from Sanskrit, meaning "victory". The name has been inspired by John Jay, a great American jurist. The name is also used in combination with other names. Gymnast Jaycie Phelps.
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How popular is Jay?
Jay is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2126 out of 4276, Top 50%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#3349 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Jay was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #1498 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Jay appearing in the Top 2000 are Dee, Jaya (#1626 from current records), Jaycie (#1968), Jaye, Jayla (#238), Jaylah (#483), Jaylene (#708), Kai (#895), Kay, Kaye and Kayla (#115). Adoption of these forms of Jay reached its most widespread 2 decades ago (average #1686) and has become significantly less since (#1336, 75% less usage), with forms like Kay becoming less in vogue. Kayla has historically been popular among parents, although Kai seems to be gaining popularity too.
Jay is alike in pronunciation to Gia▲, Ja-, Je-, Jioya, Joey, Joi, Joia, Joie, Joy▼, Joya and Joye. Other recommended names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay▼, Gay▼, Jacy, Jady, Jan▼, Jany, Jas, May▼ and Ray▼. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jay.See names in meaning and etymology.