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Meaning and name origin

Jay \jay\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 6 variant forms: Jae, Jai, Jaye, Jayron, Jayronn and Jeh.

For more information, see also related boy names Jadrian and Jaylen.

There is 1 feminine form of Jay: Jae.


Jay is a very popular first name for males (#152 out of 1220, Top 12%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3741 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jay for boys. Jay reached its highest rank of #90 in the U.S. in 1960-1969. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jay name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jay outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jay and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jacob (#4), Jason (#75), Jaylen (#318), Jay (#372) and Jai. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jacob, Jason, Jay, Jaylen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jacob, Jai, Jason, Jay outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jay is also pronounced similarly to Ja-, Je-, Joao, Joe and Joey. Other suggested similar baby names are Bay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jacy, Jak, Jan, Jaq, Jary, Jax, Jo, Kay, Ray, Tay and Way. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jay.