What does Jay mean?
Jay [jay] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Jay) is pronounced jay. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Jay is "blue crested bird". Also possibly from the Latin name Gaius meaning "happy". May also be from use as a nickname for names beginning with J-, such as in short form of names like Jason and Jacob. Jay and Jai are also Sanskrit names meaning "victory". Mythology: Jay is the name of various deities in Hindu classical writings. Use may have been inspired by the first Chief of the American Supreme Court, John Jay. Financier Jay Gould; comedian Jay Leno; author Jay McInerney; actors Jaye Davidson, Jay Mohr.
38 more related forms via Gaius, Jacob, Jason: Cai, Caio, Cob, Iago, Jaap, Jace▲, Jacen, Jack, Jacko, Jacky, Jaco, Jacoby, Jago, Jaime, Jake, Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob▼, Jakov, Jakub, James▼, Jamey▼, Jamie▼, Jamsey, Jase, Jasen▼, Jasin, Jasun, Jayce▲, Jayme, Jaysen, Jayson▲, Jeb, Jim▼, Kay▼, Kaye, Keye and Keys.
1 feminine form: Jae.Creative forms:
(male) Jaly, Riy, ..
(female) Jaie, Ji, .. Middle name pairings:
Jay Hadi (J.H.), ..
How popular is Jay?
Jay is a very popular first name for men (#152 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3349 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Jay reached its apex position of #86 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #394 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Jacob (#4 from current records), James (#7), Jack (#40), Jace (#75), Jason (#86), Jayce (#132), Jase (#182), Jake (#205), Jaylen (#345), Jayson (#407), Jaime (#485), Jakob (#523), Jacoby (#655), Jamie (#821), Jai (#1243), Jacen (#1454), Jaysen (#1636), Jakub (#1690), Cai (#1819), Jim, Kaye, Kay, Jeb, Jamey, Jakeb, Jacky, Jakie, Jasen, Jaye and Jayme are the prominent varying forms of Jay (#394 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Jay reached its highest during 1970-1979 (usage of 6.4%) and is somewhat less today (usage 3.2%, down 49.5%), with versions such as Jakob falling out of fashion. Jace, Jayce and Jayson are three of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here.
Jay▼ is pronounced similarly to Ja-, Je-, Joao, Joe▼ and Joey▼. Other recommended names are Bay, Day, Fay▼, Gay, Jacy, Jak, Jan▼, Jaq, Jary, Jax▲, Ray▼, Tay and Way. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jay.See names in meaning and etymology.