JAYD (English) ; ZHAD (French)
"stone of the side"

Jade Origin and Meaning

The name Jade is a girl's name of Spanish origin meaning "stone of the side".

As a precious stone, Jade is known for its cool green hues, its importance in Chinese art, and its ability to transmit wisdom, confidence, and clarity. As a name however, Jade is a 90’s throwback in the UK, a Number 1 choice in France, and a returning gem in the US right now.

Deriving from the Spanish phrase Piedra de la ijada, the name Jade means “stone of the side” or “stone of the flank” as it was once believed that jade could cure renal colic. While this might not be the most glamorous of meanings, it does give the name some extra history.

Jade has been used to make carvings since Neolithic times, but as a given name, it only took off in the 1970’s, when Mick and Bianca Jagger chose it for their daughter.

Originally used as a unisex name, the number of girls called Jade soon outweighed the number of boys, and with the rise of Jaden, it hasn’t been (statistically) unisex since the early 2000’s.

Trendier than vintage Pearl, but more grounded than Sapphire or Topaz, Jade fits in well with other popular choices. Both a word-name like Scarlett and a one syllable option like Maeve, Jade feels just as right next to an Audrey or a Claire as it does to a Reese or a Kinsley.

A big favorite in France where it has ranked in the Top 10 since the mid-2000’s, Jade is also well-loved in Belgium, Quebec, the Netherlands, and Monaco. Ihe US, it has had a shakier history, rising and falling on the charts. Now though, it’s at its peak in the Top 100, and given to nearly 3000 babies every year.

Notable Jades include singer Jade Thirlwall, originally from the group Little Mix; Jade Ewen of the Sugarbabes; Jade, one of the original Bratz Dolls.; and Jane Goody, a TV personality, often remembered for openly sharing her cervical cancer diagnosis, which led to more people being tested and treated sooner.

If you love Jade, but want some more inspiration, you could consider the Italian variant, Giada. You might also like another gemstone name, like Opal or Garnet, a French favorite, like Romy, Ambre, Roxane or Zelie, or a throwback British choice, like Chelsea, Jodie, Demi, or Tia.

# 81 in the US

Jade Rank in US Top 1000

# 166 on Nameberry

Jade Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jade Popularity

Famous People Named Jade

  • Jade Amelia ThirlwallEnglish singer of Little Mix
  • Jade Cerisa Lorraine GoodyEnglish reality TV personality ("Big Brother")
  • Jade MarnerEnglish actress
  • MarieJade Lauriault, Canadian ice dancer who competes for France
  • Jade Sheena Jezebel JaggerEnglish jewelry designer; daughter of singer Mick Jagger
  • Jade Nicole RamseyEnglish actress
  • Jade Louise EwenEnglish singer of the Sugababes
  • Jade Aurora MacRaeAustralian soul singer
  • Jade Valerie VillalonAmerican singer of Sweetbox
  • Jade Kathleen SharifEnglish actress
  • Jade Chantel ColeAmerican model
  • Jade KwanHong Kong singer
  • Jade ChynowethAmerican actress
  • Jade Jonesmale British singer
  • Jade RoperAmerican reality TV personality of "The Bachelor"
  • Jade Ellis MooreEnglish football player
  • Jade Adams (b. 1981)daughter of wrestlers Chris Adams and Lady Blossom
  • Jade Michelle Hart (b. 1983)daughter of pro wrestler Bret Hart
  • Jade Ventura (b. 1984) daughter of pro wrestlerpolitician and TV personality Jesse Ventura
  • Jade Mathis (b. 1985)daughter of TV judge Greg Mathis
  • Jade Neville (b. 1992)daughter of actress Sally Farmiloe and Jeremy Neville
  • Jade Odette Désirée Smet (b. 2004)daughter of singer Johnny Hallyday
  • Jade Grace Iginla (b. 2004)daughter of ice hockey player Jarome Iginla
  • Jade Horcroff (b. 2005)daughter of ice hockey player Shawn Horcroff
  • Jade Marie De Laurentiis Thompson (b. 2008)daughter of TV chef Giada De Laurentiis and designer Todd Thompson
  • Jade Williams (b. 2011)daughter of ice hockey player Jason Williams
  • Jade Ryann Alferio (b. 2012)quintuplet daughter of Jake and Leann Alferio
  • Jade Giroud (b. 2013)daughter of footballer Olivier Giroud
  • Jade Puget (male)American guitarist for punk/rock group AFI
  • Jade Picon(b. 2001) Brazilian teen influecer

Jade in Pop Culture

  • Jade Westcharacter on TV's "Victorious"
  • JadeJackie's niece on animated series "Jackie Chan Adventures"
  • Jade Harleycharacter in webcomic Homestuck
  • Jade Nguyen/ Cheshirevillainess in DC Comics
  • Jadecharacter in video game "Mortal Kombat"
  • Jadeone of the original core four Bratz dolls introduced in 2001
  • Jadeheroine of 2003 game "Beyond Good and Evil"
  • Mara Jadecharacter in the Star Wars Legends
  • Jade Butterfieldmain character in the movie “Endless Love"
  • Jade Ericksonthe real name of Fox in "The Otherworld Trilogy" book series by Lacy Sheridan
  • Jade Aldemircharacter in the video game "Dying Light"
  • Princess Jadecharacter in the video game Dragon Quest XI