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Gender: M Meaning of Jay: "jaybird" Origin of Jay: Latin Jay's Popularity in 2013: #392

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Though this feels like a modern invention, Jay has been in use for centuries. Early Jays often were named in honor of founding father John Jay, whose surname derived from the jaybird. A popular midcentury choice, Jay was in the Top 100 from 1953 to 1970. In the last couple of decades he was replaced by such more elaborate forms as as Jayden, Jalen, and Jayce. But Jay could make a comeback in tandem with cousins May, Kay, Fay, and Ray. Now at Number 391 in the US, Jay is ranked Number 60 in Scotland, 85 in Northern Ireland.

In literature, the most prominent Jay wasn't a Jay at all--Gatsby's birth name was James Gatz. In real life, the honor goes to Jay Leno.

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Famous People Named Jay

Jay Leno, American talk show host and comedian
Jay Asher, American author
Jay Hernandez, American actor
Jay Cutler, American football player
John Jay (1745-1829), US Revolutionary patriot
Jay-Z, American rapper
Jay Pharoah, stage name of American actor & comedian Jared Farrow
James S. "Jay" Huguley, American actor
Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel, Canadian actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Jay

Jay Gatsby, main character of The Great Gatsby
Jay Pritchett, portrayed by Ed O'Neill, character on American sitcom, Modern Family
Jay, Blue Ninja from "Ninjago"
Jay "Chef" Hicks, from the movie "Apocalypse Now"
Jay Clemens, from TV series "Rita Rocks"
Jay, from movie "Knocked Up"
Jay, character from 16 Wishes

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