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Boy Name: Jay

Name: Jay
Pronunciation: \jay\
Gender / Sex: boy name boy (Jay's also a girl name)
Meaning: blue crested bird
Origin: Latin
Related Names: Jadrian, Jaylen
Sounds Like: Ja-, Way
Variant forms: Jae, Jai, Jaye, Jayron, Jayronn, Jeh
Rank as First Name (Given Name): 152
Rank as Last Name (Surname, Family Name): 3741


Jay \jay\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Jay), is pronounced jay. It is of Latin origin, and the meaning of Jay is "blue crested bird". Also possibly from the Latin name Gaius meaning "happy". May also be from use as a nickname for names beginning with J-, such as in short form of names like Jason and Jacob. Jay and Jai are also Sanskrit names meaning "victory". Mythology: Jay is the name of various deities in Hindu classical writings. Use may have been inspired by the first Chief of the American Supreme Court, John Jay. Financier Jay Gould; comedian Jay Leno; author Jay McInerney; actors Jaye Davidson, Jay Mohr.

Jay has 6 variant forms: Jae, Jai, Jaye, Jayron, Jayronn and Jeh.

For more information, see also related names Jadrian and Jaylen.

Baby names that sound like Jay are Ja- and Way.

View a list of the 7 names that reference Jay.


Jay is a very popular first name for men (#152 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#3741 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)

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