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What does Jared mean?

Jared Pronunciation of Jared [jared] as a boys' name is pronounced JARE-ed. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jared is "descending". Related to Jordan. Biblical: Jared was a pre-Flood ancestor of Jesus. Jered was a descendant of Judah. The modern popularity of Jared initially was perhaps due to the character Jarrod on the 1960s TV Western "Big Valley".

Associated with: biblical, modern, big (great), valley.


Jared has 15 variants: Jarad, Jarid, Jarod, Jarrad, Jarrard, Jarred, Jarrid, Jarrod, Jaryd, Jerad, Jered, Jerod, Jerrad, Jerred and Jerrod.

Affiliated boy names: Jaron, Zachary, Garret and Gerard.

9 more relations via Jarrod, Jordan: Jarrot, Jarryd, Jorden, Jordi, Jordy, Jori, Jory, Jud and Judd.

Creative forms:
(male) Jalred, Jorred, ..

(female) Jale, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jared Leonard (J.L.), ..

How popular is Jared?

Jared is a very popular first name for men (#226 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular last name for all people (#15539 out of 150436, Top 10%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Jared reached its apex position of #51 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is at #340 presently. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jared name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jared outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Jordan (#60 the previous year), Zachary (#88), Jordy (#874), Gerard (#1086), Jordi (#1175), Jorden (#1191), Judd (#1498), Jaron (#1523), Jarrod (#1952), Jerrad, Jerred, Jerrod, Jory, Jerod, Jaryd, Jarrad, Jarod, Jarid, Jarad, Jarred, Jarrid, Jerad, Garret, Jarryd and Jered are the popular variation forms of Jared (#340 the previous year) rated in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Jarrot, are uncommon. Adoption of these relations of Jared was widespread in 1993 (average #1080) and is now significantly less (#1607, 73%), with versions like Gerard becoming somewhat outmoded. Jordy is the most trendy baby name here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jared, Garret, Gerard, Jarad, Jarid in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jarod, Jaron, Jarrad, Jarred, Jarrid in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jarrod, Jarryd, Jaryd, Jerad, Jered in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jerod, Jerrad, Jerred, Jerrod, Jordan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jorden, Jordi, Jordy, Jory, Judd, Zachary in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jared, Gerard, Jarrod, Jordan, Zachary outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jared is pronounced similarly to Jerryd. Other recommended names are Edred, Fahed, Fareed, Fred, Gared, Garred, Jabes, Jabez, Jace, Jacen, Jacey, Jade, Jaden, Jader, Jae, Jael, Jake, Jakeb, Jalen, Jame, Jamee, Jamel, James, Jamey, Janek, Jarah, Jaran, Jarard, Jaray, Jareb, Jarek, Jarel, Jarell, Jaren, Jareth, Jarett, Jarin, Jaris, Jarl, Jarrel, Jarren, Jarret, Jarvee, Jarvey, Jary, Jaryl, Jaryn, Jase, Jasen, Jaxen, Jaye, Jed, Jere, Jerek, Jerel, Jeren, Joed, Jorel, Joren, Jorey, Jurek, Majed, Osred, Saeed and Zared. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jared.