Gender: Male Meaning of Jayden: "thankful" Origin of Jayden: Variation of Jaden or Jadon, Hebrew Jayden's Popularity in 2018: #30

Jayden Origin and Meaning

The name Jayden is a boy's name meaning "thankful".

Although there is a genuine Biblical personage named Jadon—in the Old Testament, he helped rebuild the walls of Jerusalem—this version of the name can also be considered a modern invention. Jayden combines the “jay” sound found in the name Jason with the -den suffix used in names such as Aiden and Hayden. Other spellings include Jaydan, Jaydyn, Jaydon, Jaydin, and Jaden.

Jayden is the only non-traditional name to have broken into the boys' Top 5, though it's not quite as frequently used as it once was. Jayden is a popular spelling of a very popular name that was given a big bounce after being chosen by Britney Spears. It first entered the Top 1000 in 1994, and its popularity soared to epidemic proportions through the late 1990s and into the 21st century, especially after the form Jaden was chosen by celebrity parents Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith.

Jayden's popular relatives include dozens of variations and rhyming cousins such as Brayden, Cayden, Braden, Kaden, ad infinitum, as well as the more legitimate Aidan/Aiden and Hayden. Jayden might also be seen as a descendant of such trendy names of the last generation as Jason and Jay.

The Jayden spelling is also used for girls.

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Rank in US: #30

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Pop Culture References for the name Jayden

Jaydan, Jaydn, Jaydon, Jaydin


ParanoidAndroid Says:


Voted #1 for the most irritating name in America. While it’s not the worst name for me, aren’t we all sick of the “Ay-Den” and “Ay-Son” craze? Put Jayden with his contemporaries Aiden, Brayden, Cayden, Payton, Kayden, Grayson, and Mason on the playground to see how repetitive and utterly dull these names are. You’ll realize not only the lack of diversity and class these names offer, but also that your Jayden is the 36th one in his entire school. Definitely skip it.

TechnoKitten Says:


Me too

Alaina Says:


I don't like the name Jayden at all for a boy. I would rather put it on a girl.

clairels Says:


The name itself is not that bad. You could do a lot worse. What people hate is not the name per se but the trend of all the rhyming Aidens, Bradens, Cadens, etc. But most can't articulate that so they just heap all the hate on Jayden.

Stella2007 Says:


I think it sounds young and fresh! Reminds me of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smiths sons Jayden. Don't get the hatred so bizarre.

ashleyisabellalaaaa Says:


I like the name Jayden, Jaden, Jaiden and so on but I will never be able to use it because it has negative connotations with me

LV51sfan91 Says:


I don't see what's so special about this name especially spelled Jayden.

clairels Says:


There was a Jadon in the Bible.

clairels Says:


What I don't get is why parents who use Jayden are dismissed as dull, unimaginative, boring, etc. when parents who use say, Jacob or Emma are not, even though those names are even MORE popular.

Hardly_Known Says:


It makes me think that the parents must lack any thoughts or ideas of their own. It is so popular now

Yessica Says:


So many Aidens/Aydens "Shudders" Make it stop.

Hailey Says:


I was working in a preschool when the Aiden, Brayden, Jayden, Caden, Hayden craze began, so I have heard enough variations of -ayden to last a lifetime. Sooooo sick and tired of this unoriginal name.

Ayaka Says:


I don't understand how Jaden, Jadon means God has Heard while if I put a Y in the middle the meaning changes to Thankful...
Could someone explain to me?

Zelliew Says:


I quite like Jaden. It has a pleasant sound to it.

KassemJ Says:


Why was my comment removed? I didn't say anything harsh or used personal attacks, just expressed my hatred of this name.

lesliemarion Says:


I think it's OK to differ wildly about names. If not, why have this open forum?

The name Jayden is frankly one that makes my skin crawl. This is not a response to any person named Jayden. Indeed, my close friend's grandson is named Jayden and he is a lovely person. I just cannot stand the name.

The only other thing I have to say is that when people on this site love or tolerate or hate a name, they are not talking about your child. They don't know your child, or you. They are talking about the name. I have unusual taste in names at times (far more adventuresome since I am past my child-bearing years; I adore Tangerine :)) and I am used to people being horrified (on nameberry and in "real" life) by some of my choices, but I just think what the hell, who cares. It would be different if someone walked up to my child and said, "Yuck, what a disgusting name you have." Online, it's just opinions without faces. If we have to start worrying about critiquing a name b/c someone is named it, well, it will be a pretty empty site.

tiannarose Says:


This thread is like a cave of bitterness and judgement. I don't care for it but it is identified as a variation of an established Hebrew name. Jayden Smith is a celebrity and naturally has impacted the popularity of the specific Jayden spelling. What draws some to this name? Who knows...what draws people to any name...classic name, word name or other.

nyysfg27 Says:


I'm not a Jayden fan by any means but I would like to note that in its current most popular form it probably was adapted from Jadon (which can be pronounced different ways, but one is JAY-den), so it does have SOME history. In defense of the many people who have used its form that looks like an invented name, it means a lot in some cultures, especially those that make up a minority, to use a name or spelling that isn't traditional or has non-English roots (if you've ever heard jokes about Utah names, it's that principle). Case in point, I believe Jayden was the most common name for boys in New York City in 2013 (first or second for all boys of non-Caucasian races). Just worth noting. (I mean really, like I said, I'm no fan, but what does one get from insulting a baby name or the people who use it?)

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


I met a little boy named Jayden but his name was spelt Jay'den.

lmk19144 Says:


when will people stop using this name???

Zoey_Artemisia Says:



Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Just because it has no history doesn't mean it's any less of a name. Every name started somewhere and there was always a first person to have a name.

Addie88 Says:


Absolutely. It's not even a name and has absolutely no history.

Guest Says:


what I hate about it is that it's the epitome of hopping onto a trend with no substance at all. A Jayden couldn't have been born before the 90s.

Addie88 Says:


The most hated name in America. I can understand why.

raevynstar Says:


I do like it on a girl (I don't know why), but on a boy it's so...ew.