Gender: Male Meaning of Jay: "jaybird" Origin of Jay: Latin Jay's Popularity in 2018: #399

Jay Origin and Meaning

The name Jay is a boy's name of Latin origin meaning "jaybird".

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 mid-century choice, Jay was in the Top 100 from 1956 to 1970. In the last couple of decades he was replaced by such more elaborate forms as Jayden, Jaylen, and Jayce. But Jay could make a comeback in tandem with cousins May, Kay, Fay, and Ray.

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, also born James.

In India, Jay is used as a modern variant of the Hindi Jaya, which means "victory."

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Rank in US: #399

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Kittylove Says:


What about Jason? It could also be a nickname for that, too.

Jazzy7 Says:


love this as a middle name!

anna.bliss Says:


I have always liked the name Jay

Loveislife23 Says:


Funny how so many names seem to be derived from Jay while Jay itself is relatively unpopular compared to those names.

servals_ Says:


i know 3 Jays and they all suit it perfectly