Meaning and Name Origin
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.
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.
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 (#3741 out of 88799, Top 4%). (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Jay and corresponding names. 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). Usage of these boy names reached its highest in 2013 and is almost as widespread today, but with versions such as Jamie, Kay, Jim, Jasen and Jamey falling out of fashion. The more fashionable birth names in this compilation are Jase (#105), Jayce (#150), Jace (#68), Jacob (#4) and Jason (#75), with Jacob and Jason having a revival in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
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.