Origin:Latin
Popularity:736
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

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Jay Leno
    Comedian

Popularity Trend Chart

Roll over the visual for detailed rankings by year.
Girl
Boy

Source: Social Security Administration

Not sure you have the perfect name? Search to add more baby names to your My Favorites list.