US Popularity:749
Other Origin(s):Hebrew, British
Meaning:Blue-crested bird; Heel of the foot; Supplanter; Healer
Long before Jayson, Jayden, and Jaylin became popular, there was Jay—a simple and straightforward name with Latin origins. Meaning "blue-crested bird," it may also be a short version of the Hebrew moniker James, meaning "heel of the foot" or "supplanter," or Jason, meaning "healer." The name goes back at least to the late 18th century when John Jay, a founding father of the United States, was the impetus for so many babies getting his surname as a first name. Jay was at the height of popularity and a Top 100 hit during the 1950s through the mid-1970s. Since then, Jay ranking has dropped considerably, but here's hoping someday the name flies high again.

Famous People Named Jay

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Jay Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Jay is currently #1130 on The Bump
Boy:Jay is currently #625 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Jay is currently #819 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Jay is currently #749 in U.S. births
Boy:Jay is currently #382 in U.S. births
Girl:Jay is currently #9233 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2023
- 1445
from 2022
In comparison to the previous year's data
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