What does Jared mean?
Jared \j(a)-red\ 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".
Jared has 22 more related variations via Jarrod, Jordan: Giordano, Jarrot, Jarrott, Jarryd, Jerrot, Jerrott, Jordaan, Jordain, Jordao, Jordell, Jorden▼, Jordi▼, Jordon▼, Jordy▼, Jordyn▼, Jori, Jory, Jourdain, Jourdaine, Jourdan, Jud and Judd.
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)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Jared for boys. Jared entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its apex position of #51 in the U.S. in the year 1998, and is at #296 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Jared and affiliated names. Jordan (#55 the previous year), Zachary (#82), Jordyn (#895), Jordy (#927), Jorden, Jordi, Jory, Judd, Jordon, Jerod, Jaron, Jarod, Gerard, Jarred, Jarrod, Garret, Jered, Jerad and Jerrod are the popular variation forms of Jared (#296 the previous year) rated in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names was at its apex in 1990 (usage of 0.3828%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.1373%, down 64.1%), with versions like Jorden, Jordyn, Jordon, Jaron and Jerrod becoming somewhat outmoded. Jordan (#55), Zachary (#82) and Jared (#296) are three of the more trendy baby names here, with Jordan undergoing a resurgence in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)