Meaning and name origin
Jared \j(a)-red\ as a boy's 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".
Jared is a very popular first name for males (#226 out of 1220, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#15170 out of 88799, Top 17%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jared for boys. Jared reached its highest rank of #51 in the U.S. in 1998. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jared and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jordan (#55), Zachary (#82), Jared (#296), Jered, Jerod, Jerad, Jerrod, Jarrod, Gerard, Jarod, Jaron, Jarred and Garret. (2014 statistics).
Jared▼ is also pronounced similarly to Jarryd. Other suggested similar baby names are Gared, Jareb, Jarek, Jarel, Jaren▼, Jareth, Jarett▼, Jarret and Zared. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jared.