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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.


Variations

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

For more on this name, see also related boy names Jadrian and Jaylen.

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.


Popularity

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)

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

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jace, Jack, Jacky, Jacob, Jacoby, Jaime, Jake, Jakob, James, Jamey in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jamie, Jase, Jasen, Jason, Jay, Jayce, Jaylen, Jayme, Jayson, Jim in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Kay in U.S.

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

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

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


Similar Names

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.

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