US Popularity:716
Meaning:blue crested bird
Long before Jayson, Jayden, and Jaylin became popular, there was Jay—a plain, simple, and straightforward name with Latin origins. Meaning “blue crested bird,” 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, his ranking has dropped considerably but here’s hoping someday he flies high again.

Famous People Named Jay

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  • Jay Leno

Jay Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

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

U.S. Births

Overall:Jay is currently #716 in U.S. births
Boy:Jay is currently #731 in U.S. births
Girl:Jay is currently #14295 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
+ 625
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
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