Jay - boys name

Jay name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 90%

Jay name meaning:

The name Jay is derived from the bird known as the jay, which is known for its quick wit and intelligence. As a result, the name Jay often carries the meaning of "swift" or "clever" in various cultures. It is a unisex name, but is more commonly given to boys.

In addition to its avian association, the name Jay has cultural significance in several countries. For instance, in Indian culture, it can be a short form of the name Jayendra, meaning "victorious." In Scandinavian countries, Jay is a diminutive of names like Jacob or Jason, meaning "to heal" or "healer."

Overall, the name Jay brings with it connotations of intelligence, quickness, and victory. It is a name that is often chosen for boys due to its strong and masculine sound, while also carrying a touch of charm and cleverness.

Origin: Latin

A bird in the crow family.


Unisex names

Related names

Jay , Jae, Jaeleah, Jaena, Jaenette, Jaylene, Jaylynn

Other boys names beginning with J


Overall UK ranking: 477 out of 4789

84 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (191)

Historical popularity of Jay

The graph below shows the popularity of the boys's name Jay from all the UK baby name statistics available. It's a quick easy way to see the trend for Jay in 2024