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Quick Facts on Jason

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 79
Simple meaning:
The healer

Characteristics of Jason

  • Freedom-loving
  • Adventurous
  • Adaptable
  • Intellectual
  • Easygoing
  • Progressive
  • Sensual

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jason

Jason is one of our faves. Mostly because he’s so modern and late-20th-century-über-trendy, yet he’s really as ancient as they come. This name has a nice mix of the old and the new. Essentially, Jason is the English form of the Greek Iásōn (Ιασων) believed to have been derived from the verb “iȃsthai” meaning “to heal, treat” or “iȃtrikós” meaning “healing”. The oldest appearance of this name dates back centuries before Christ in the form of a Greek mythological hero, Jason, and his quest for the Golden Fleece (the wool of a magical, golden-haired winged-ram who had been sacrificed to the god Poseidon). In order to recapture his rightful heir to the throne of Iolcos, a position usurped by his power-hungry uncle Pelias, Jason was ordered to return with the Golden Fleece. Amassing a great army known as the Argonauts (named after their ship, the Argo), Jason and his men sailed to the eastern coast of the Black Sea where the Golden Fleece was guarded by a fierce dragon. The King of the region who owned the Fleece, King Aeëtes of Colchis, gave Jason three impossible tasks to perform before he could claim the Golden Fleece. Enter Medea, the daughter of King Aeëtes. Aphrodite had talked Eros into striking her with one of his “love-arrows” so that she would fall deeply in love with Jason. And lucky for Jason, too. The love sick Medea used her magical powers of sorcery to help Jason accomplish the three difficult tasks – the last of which was to get past the dragon guarding the Fleece (Medea gave a Jason a magic potion that put the dragon the sleep). She then helped Jason flee Colchis and her enraged father who gave chase. In the end, however, Jason would betray Medea, but we’ll leave that tragic tale to Euripides who wrote the play “Medea” in the 5th century B.C. Aside from Jason’s well-known place in the annals of Greek mythology, it is also a name that appears fleetingly in the New Testament (Acts 17 and Romans 1:16) as Jason, the bishop of Tarsus (appointed by Paul). He is also named as one of the Seventy Disciples. It was the Puritans who rediscovered the name Jason after the Protestant Reformation (17th century) as they did with so many other lesser-known or minor Biblical characters. They gave these names to their children in an act of modesty before God. Today you will find the name Jason on the Top 100 lists of most-favorite baby boy names in the United States, Ireland, Canada and the Netherlands.

Popularity of the Name Jason

The name Jason has maintained a position on the U.S. popularity charts for well over a century (as far back as the U.S. government has been tracking name data). Likely, the name was brought to America via the Puritans at the time of colonization; however, it was never a hugely popular. Rather Jason’s moment in the limelight occurred starting in the 1960s when he started to show some serious promise. Jason reached his ultimate pinnacle from 1974 to 1978 when, for five consecutive years, Jason was the #2 preferred baby boy’s name across the country (he was never able to topple the #1 Michael back then). Jason has begun his downward descent on the charts but ever so subtly. We predict that it’s only a matter of years before Jason exits the Top 100 list, but he sure must have enjoyed the ride! We know we did.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jason
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jason

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jason

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jason

    Jason (Jason and the Argonauts) Jason Is a hero of Greek mythology who sailed with other men (among them Hercules) on the ship Argo, in search of the Golden Fleece. This was the golden skin of a sacred ram which was guarded by a fierce dragon. On their journey to the ends of the earth in this pursuit they encountered many fantastical adventures and faced them all heroically together. In the end, however, it was a woman, the sorceress Medea, who drugged the dragon with a magic potion, thereby allowing them to slay the dragon and win the fleece. She and Jason and the others escape and make their way back to Greece with their prize, where Jason and Medea marry and have two children. The great Greek tragedian, Euripides, tells of the not-so-happy aftermath of this event in his famous play, Medea, written and produced around 460 BC.

    Jason Bourne (The Bourne Series) Jason Bourne is one of the aliases of the super spy, special operative, and foreign services officer, David Webb, of the “Bourne” series of books by Robert Ludlum. Beloved of boys and men (and some women) everywhere, he is the personification of action, derring-do, escape fantasies and general mayhem. Injured by an attack that leaves him in a state of amnesia, Bourne is driven by a need to recoup his identity and discover the truth behind the deaths of his wife and children. The popular series of movies based upon these books stars Matt Damon.

  • Popular Songs on Jason

    Popular Songs on Jason

    J.A.R. Jason Andrew Relva - a song by Green Day

    Jason and the Argonauts - a song by XTC

    Jason Lee - a song by All Girl Summer Fun Band

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jason

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jason

    Finding Buck McHenry (Alfred Slote) - Could Mr. Henry, the custodian at Jason's school, possibly have some connection with former baseball great Buck McHenry? The author blends comedy, suspense and baseball in a highly entertaining tale. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Jason's Bus Ride (Harriet Ziefert) - When Jason takes a bus ride, a dog sits down in front of the bus. And he will not get out of the way! A lady tries to move him - a policeman tries, too. But only Jason knows how to get that dog to move. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jason's Gold (Will Hobbs) - The 15-year-old hero, Jason Hawthorn, sets off from Seattle in 1897 to follow the Alaskan Klondike gold rush. The reader follows all of Jason’s experiences and adventures in this period piece, from rough terrain and weather, to people (and animals) with whom he forms friendships. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday! (Stephen Manes) - Jason Nozzle, young, would-be millionaire, finds a copy of Dr. K. Pinkerton Silverfish's book Make Four Million Dollars by Next Thursday! and follows its recommendations carefully. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    My Mama Needs Me (Mildred Pitts Walter) - Jason wants to help, but isn't sure that his mother needs him at all after she brings home a new baby from the hospital. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Space Station Seventh Grade (Jerry Spinelli) - Seventh-grader Jason narrates the events of his year, from school, hair, and pimples, to mothers, little brothers, and a girl. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Tales of the Greek Heroes (Roger Lancelyn Green) - Some of the oldest and most famous stories in the world: the adventures of Perseus, the labors of Heracles, the voyage of Jason and the Argonauts—are vividly retold in this single, connected narrative of the Heroic Age, from the coming of the Immortals to the first fall of Troy. With fresh dialogue and a brisk pace, the myths of this version are enthrallingly vivid. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Time Cat (Lloyd Alexander) - When Jason finds out that his cat Gareth can travel through time, he begs to go along. Soon cat and boy find themselves in ancient Egypt on the first of nine unforgettable adventures. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Jason

    Famous People Named Jason

    Famous People Named Jason - Jason Robards (actor); Jason Alexander (actor); Jason Bateman (actor); Jason Kidd (basketball player); Jason Lee (actor); Jason London (actor); Jason Reitman (director/filmmaker); Jason Segel (actor); Jason Priestley (actor)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jason

    Children of Famous People Named Jason

    Famous People who Named their Son Jason - Barbra Streisand (singer/actress); Charles Bronson (actor); Darlene Love (singer/actress); Eliott Gould (actor); Erin Murphy (child star); Greg Evigan (actor); Jane Alexander (actress); Jason Robards Jr. (actor); Jill Ireland (actress); John Bonham (musician/Led Zeppelin); John Ritter (actor); O.J. Simpson (notorious); Ringo Starr (musician); Sean Connery (actor); Talia Shire (actress)

  • Historic Figures

    Jason - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jason - He cannot find any significantly important people in history with the first name Jason.

Personality of the Boy Name Jason

The number Five personality loves the excitement of life and can easily adapt to all situations. As natural adventurers, these personalities thrive on the new and unexpected and prefer to be in constant motion. It makes them feel alive. They'll stir up some action if there's not enough around, and as inherent risk-takers they enjoy pushing the envelope. Naturally rebellious, the Five personality has no fear and never resists change.  Traveling and new experiences feed their souls. Fives are very social and attract friends with ease. People love to be around the Five fun-loving and exciting energy.  This is also a lucky number in numerology (like the Threes), so fortune seems to shine on them, helped along by their own optimism and good-nature. Fives have a quick wit, a cerebral mind, and are generally very persuasive. 

Variations of the Baby Name - Jason

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