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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.

Associated with: bird, happy, victory, mythology, classical (medieval), chief (leader)


Jay has 6 variants: Jae, Jai, Jaye, Jayron, Jayronn and Jeh.

Related boy names: Jadrian and Jaylen.

Jay has 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.

Jay has 1 feminine form: Jae.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jaly, Riy, ..

(female) Jabi, Jayjo, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name statistics of Jay for boys. Jay reached its apex position of #86 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #372 currently. (2014 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jay name in U.S.

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

Jacob (#4 from current records), 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), Jai (#1026), Jacen (#1227), Jaysen (#1445), Jasen (#1550), Jakub (#1623), Jim, Kaye, Jeb, Kay, Jamey, Jacky, Jakeb, Jakie, Jaye and Jayme are the prominent varying forms of Jay (#372 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 3.4%, down 46.3%), with versions such as Jason falling out of fashion. The more fashionable birth names in this compilation are Jace, Jase, Jayce, Jai, Jayson and Jacoby.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jay, Jace, Jacen, Jack, Jacky in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jacob, Jacoby, Jai, Jaime, Jake in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jakeb, Jakie, Jakob, Jakub, James in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jamey, Jamie, Jase, Jasen, Jason in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jayce, Jaye, Jaylen, Jayme, Jaysen in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jayson, Jeb, Jim, Kay, Kaye in U.S.

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jake, Jakob, Jakub, James, Jamie, Jason outside U.S.

Similar Names


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.