What does Jay mean?
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.
Jay▼ has 37 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▲, Jim▼, Kay▼, Kaye, Keye and Keys.
Jay has 1 feminine form: Jae.Kreatif forms: Jayje, Jayre, Jejay. [more]
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Jay for boys. Jay reached its apex position of #90 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #372 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jacob (#4 the previous year), James (#9), Jack (#41), Jace (#68), Jason (#75), Jase (#105), Jayce (#150), Jake (#190), Jaylen (#318), Jayson (#393), Jakob (#458), Jaime (#468), Jacoby (#593), Jamie (#786), Kay, Jayme, Jim, Jamey, Jacky, Jai, Jakub and Jasen are the prominent varying forms of Jay (#372 the previous year) appearing in the Top 1000. Usage of these boy names reached its highest in 2013 (usage of 0.4891%) and is almost as widespread today (usage 0.477%, down 2.5%), but with versions such as Jamie, Jacky, Jasen, Jamey and Jim falling out of fashion. The more fashionable birth names in this compilation are Jase (#105), Jayce (#150), Jace (#68), Jacob (#4) and Jason (#75), and there is a revival in birth name popularity for Jacob and Jason. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Jay and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jay▼ is pronounced similarly to Ja-, Je-, Joao, Joe▼ and Joey▼. Other recommended similar baby names are Bay, Day, Fay▼, Gay, Jacy, Jak, Jan▼, Jaq, Jary, Jax▲, Jo, Ray▼, Tay and Way. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jay.