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Jay (girl)

What does Jay mean?

Jay Pronunciation of Jay as a girls' name (also used more regularly as boys' name Jay) is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Jay is "blue crested bird". Also a medieval name possibly from Gaius (Latin) "happy"; also pet form of names beginning with J- (see also Dee and Kay). In Hindi, it is derived from Sanskrit, meaning "victory". The name has been inspired by John Jay, a great American jurist. The name is also used in combination with other names. Gymnast Jaycie Phelps.


ASSOCIATED WITH blue, bird, medieval, happy (joy), victory, great, combination (blend)


VARIANTS Jae, Jalin, Jaline, Jaya, Jaycie, Jaye, Jayla, Jaylah, Jaylan, Jaylene, Jeh, Jey, Jeyla

OTHER FORMS VIA DEE, KAY Caye, Kai, Kaye, Kayla




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How popular is Jay?

Jay is a somewhat prominent first name for females (#2126 out of 4276, Top 50%) and an even more prominent surname for both adults and children (#3349 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Jay was first listed in 1910-1919 and reached its peak position of #1498 in the U.S. in the 1950s, but is not ranked currently. (2018 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.

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Jay appearing in the Top 2000 are Dee, Jaya (#1859 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Jaycie, Jaye, Jayla (#243), Jaylah (#622), Jaylene (#880), Kai (#854), Kay, Kaye and Kayla (#149). Adoption of these forms of Jay reached its most widespread 3 decades ago (AVERAGE #1771) and has become significantly less since (#1383, 74% LESS USAGE), with forms like Dee becoming less in vogue. Kayla has historically been popular among parents, although Kai seems to be gaining popularity too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jay, Dee, Jaya, Jaycie, Jaye in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jayla, Jaylah, Jaylene, Kai, Kay in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Kaye, Kayla in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jay is alike in pronunciation to Gia, Ja-, Je-, Jioya, Joey, Joi, Joia, Joie, Joy, Joya and Joye. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jacy, Jady, Jan, Jany, Jas, May and Ray. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jay.

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