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What does Jay mean?

Jay Pronunciation of 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)


VARIANTS Jae, Jai, Jaye, Jayron, Jayronn, Jeh

SEE ALSO Jadrian, Jaylen

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, Keys




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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)

Jay reached its apex position of #86 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, and is at #399 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?

James (#4 FROM CURRENT RECORDS), Jacob (#13), Jack (#28), Jace (#90), Jason (#100), Jayce (#147), Jake (#262), Jaylen (#342), Jase (#370), Jayson (#466), Jaime (#512), Jakob (#701), Jamie (#722), Jacoby (#844), Jai (#1237), Jacen (#1740), Cai, Jeb, Jaysen, Jim, Kay, Jayme, Jamey, Jaye, Jasen, Jakub, Jakie, Jakeb, Jacky and Kaye are the prominent varying forms of Jay (#399) appearing in the Top 2000. Adoption of these relations of Jay reached its highest during 1970-1979 (USAGE OF 6.4%) and is now significantly diminished (USAGE 2.8%, DOWN 55.6%), with versions such as Jase falling out of fashion. Jayce, Jayson and Jace are three of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here.

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

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

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

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

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jaysen, 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 sound-alike 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.

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