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Quick Facts on Jay

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 392
Simple meaning:
Jaybird; Victory

Characteristics of Jay

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jay

Jay developed as a short form for any masculine name beginning with a J (James, Jason, Jacob) in the same tradition that Dee or Kay came to be. Today, this pet form has become an independently given name in its own right. The name was first used in the United States in honor of John Jay, one of the Founding Fathers and first Chief Justice (1745-1829). John Jay was an important historical figure among Americans. He helped institute some of the nation’s earliest foreign policies, he sought to protect property rights and he fought against human rights violations (he was a strong opponent of slavery from an early period). John Jay also co-wrote the Federalist Papers with Hamilton and Madison. Jay’s surname was actually derived from the noisy and colorful jaybird. Alternately, Jay or Jai are also modern transcriptions of “jaya”, a Sanskrit word for ‘victory’. Today, Jay is most fashionable in Scotland and Northern Ireland where he ranks around #50 in terms of popularity.

Popularity of the Name Jay

The name Jay has been used in the United States for over two centuries in honor of one of our Founding Fathers, John Jay. In the late 1800s, Jay was a pretty popular choice among American parents, but the real height of his popularity came in the 1950s and 60s when he claimed a spot on the Top 100 list for almost 20 years (1953-1970). Since the name left the Top 100 in the early 1970s, he’s been on a slow and steady decline ever since. As we’ve turned into the 21st century, Jay is seeing his lowest popularity ever. There’s no doubt about it; Jay is a minimalist name. By today’s fancy-pants naming standards, a lot of parents are eschewing this simple one-syllable bird. In fact we often hear people say they prefer it as a middle name than as a given first name. It’s just too simple or uninteresting compared to the trendy boy names like Ethan, Jackson or Aiden. Still, what’s wrong with Jay? Simple? Yes. But it’s easy to say and easy to spell. You can’t help but to think of the jay bird, those noisy, colorful birds that brighten up the sky.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jay
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jay

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jay

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jay

    Jay Gatsby (The Great Gatsby) Jay Gatsby is the titular character of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic novel, The Great Gatsby. (We like to think of him in the persona of Robert Redford in the 1972 movie of the same name.) Gatsby is a self-made man in the great American tradition – Jimmy Gatz from a poor Midwestern family reinvents himself and becomes the iconic tycoon who pursues the dream of wealth and beauty, as personified in Daisy Buchanan, his one-time love who spurned him for one of her own class. Jay Gatsby makes his own millions by connections with the underworld, buys his own mansion on the wealthy enclave of “West Egg” (read Long Island) and begins his odyssey after the married, shallow Daisy. While she plays with his affections, Daisy has no intentions of leaving her iron-clad class of privilege and, ultimately, is responsible for Jay’s ignominious death at the hands of Daisy’s husband’s lover’s jealousy crazed-widower. Enough sixth degrees of separation for you? Not, apparently, for the poor Jay. His is the story of misplaced love, misplaced devotion, misplaced loyalty and, finally, misplaced intentions. Down he goes to death in his never-used swimming pool, floating toward nowhere in never-ending large and lazy circles, scarcely thought of ever again, mourned by few, remembered by fewer, and destined to be an ideological symbol of thwarted American ideals. But we remember him, and even as we do, and even as we hesitate to condone his lifestyle, we know, deep inside, that he represents, still, something fine and golden about us that cannot be recalled.

  • Popular Songs on Jay

    Popular Songs on Jay

    Blue Jay Way - a song by The Beatles

    Jam-Master Jay - a song by Run-DMC

    Jay Frenzal - a song by Less Than Jake

    Jay Jay's Song - a song by MxPx

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jay

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jay

    Jay and Ben (Katharine Swanson) - Jay and Ben is an interactive book developed for use with children with developmental and learning differences and disabilities, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and dyslexia. Jay can make his own breakfast, dress himself, and play by himself, but sometimes he feels sad and wishes for a friend. When a magical horse appears and befriends Jay, his wish comes true. Jay and Ben can be used in a variety of ways to promote each child’s educational progress and growth, and to support children with a wide array of abilities. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Jay, Ninja of Lightning (Greg Farshtey) - A Lego Ninjago Chapter Series Book. Masters of Spinjitzu: a new force to save the world! Jay is much like the element he represents: fast and full of energy. Always good in a fight, always up for a laugh, and always, always inventing. Even if those inventions don't always turn out the way he wants! Recommended for ages 7-10.

    My Baby Blue Jays (John Berendt) - A blue jay building a nest outside his window prompts John Berendt to find his camera and record the familiar, yet always fascinating sequence of events that will unfold, from eggs being laid to chicks emerging and trying to fly. Children and adults alike will be astonished at the adventurous spirit of one particularly curious young blue jay as he ventures into the world. The author of the best-selling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil brings his narrative skill to this up-close and delightfully informal account of an event that recurs each spring. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Randy Ray and Easy Jay Court Day Adventure (Randy Shuert) - Kindle edition. Readers will follow Easy Jay who finds and soon befriends Randy Ray, a kid in the neighborhood who is sad. Kids don’t want to play with him and it makes him feel bad. Hoping to help his friend, Easy Jay invites Randy Ray to the basketball court less than a mile away with some other kids. With their bikes, they race to play and enjoy the day. Enjoy reading to see if Easy Jay succeeds in helping Randy Ray make new friends? Recommended for ages unknown.

  • Famous People Named Jay

    Famous People Named Jay

    Famous People Named Jay - Jay-Z (rapper/producer); Jay Leno (talk show host); Jay Mohr (actor/comic); Jay Cutler (football player); Jay Williams (basketball player); Jay Scott Greenspan (aka Jason Alexander, actor); Jay Adams (skateboarder); Jay Berger (tennis player); Jay Bothroyd (soccer player); Jay Bouwmeester (hockey player); Jay DeMerit (soccer player); Jay Fiedler (football player); Jay Haas (golfer); Jay Novacek (football player); Jay Dee Daugherty (drummer); Jay Livingston (composer); Jay Greenberg (child prodigy/composer); Jay Roach (director)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jay

    Children of Famous People Named Jay

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Jay - Sandra Day O'Connor (Supreme Court Justice); Phil McGraw (aka Dr. Phil, TV personality); George Osmond (patriarch of the Osmond singing family)

Personality of the Boy Name Jay

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jay

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