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189k
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since 1880

Jay

  • Gender: Boy
  • Origin: Latin
  • #373 All Time
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How popular is the name "Jay" in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 103 0 103
1881 96 0 96
1882 80 0 80
1883 97 0 97
1884 110 0 110
1885 91 0 91
1886 107 0 107
1887 106 0 106
1888 122 0 122
1889 104 0 104
1890 108 0 108
1891 99 0 99
1892 111 0 111
1893 105 0 105
1894 96 0 96
1895 91 0 91
1896 83 5 78
1897 82 0 82
1898 85 0 85
1899 63 0 63
1900 107 0 107
1901 96 0 96
1902 89 0 89
1903 82 0 82
1904 95 0 95
1905 99 7 92
1906 87 0 87
1907 91 0 91
1908 98 9 89
1909 98 0 98
1910 128 8 120
1911 131 5 126
1912 325 7 318
1913 364 15 349
1914 394 15 379
1915 553 16 537
1916 666 26 640
1917 670 27 643
1918 726 20 706
1919 648 11 637
1920 683 17 666
1921 845 17 828
1922 795 15 780
1923 846 16 830
1924 869 16 853
1925 810 20 790
1926 868 41 827
1927 907 37 870
1928 802 34 768
1929 870 28 842
1930 914 21 893
1931 881 17 864
1932 960 25 935
1933 967 21 946
1934 962 29 933
1935 1,089 23 1,066
1936 1,126 23 1,103
1937 1,172 27 1,145
1938 1,206 25 1,181
1939 1,162 16 1,146
1940 1,318 24 1,294
1941 1,440 25 1,415
1942 1,620 20 1,600
1943 1,703 27 1,676
1944 1,584 30 1,554
1945 1,799 40 1,759
1946 2,239 41 2,198
1947 2,472 36 2,436
1948 2,305 31 2,274
1949 2,495 39 2,456
1950 2,611 32 2,579
1951 2,675 37 2,638
1952 3,066 44 3,022
1953 3,282 47 3,235 #99 boy name
1954 3,425 57 3,368
1955 3,448 46 3,402
1956 4,176 57 4,119 #92 boy name
1957 4,680 50 4,630 #88 boy name
1958 5,065 46 5,019 #86 boy name
1959 4,987 49 4,938 #87 boy name
1960 5,427 44 5,383 #78 boy name
1961 5,163 45 5,118 #81 boy name
1962 5,219 59 5,160 #80 boy name
1963 4,764 41 4,723 #85 boy name
1964 4,608 36 4,572 #84 boy name
1965 3,975 32 3,943 #90 boy name
1966 3,622 22 3,600 #91 boy name
1967 3,659 40 3,619 #87 boy name
1968 3,465 31 3,434 #87 boy name
1969 3,219 30 3,189 #94 boy name
1970 3,459 38 3,421 #97 boy name
1971 2,889 22 2,867
1972 2,483 38 2,445
1973 2,251 34 2,217
1974 2,394 28 2,366
1975 2,216 37 2,179
1976 2,124 19 2,105
1977 2,113 20 2,093
1978 2,173 24 2,149
1979 2,172 22 2,150
1980 2,010 22 1,988
1981 1,799 17 1,782
1982 1,688 18 1,670
1983 1,559 20 1,539
1984 1,566 18 1,548
1985 1,538 20 1,518
1986 1,496 17 1,479
1987 1,500 14 1,486
1988 1,377 15 1,362
1989 1,452 12 1,440
1990 1,411 14 1,397
1991 1,276 10 1,266
1992 1,226 7 1,219
1993 1,121 19 1,102
1994 1,115 14 1,101
1995 1,021 11 1,010
1996 952 9 943
1997 953 7 946
1998 841 8 833
1999 863 9 854
2000 871 5 866
2001 899 12 887
2002 823 0 823
2003 822 13 809
2004 825 7 818
2005 854 6 848
2006 874 7 867
2007 762 13 749
2008 757 0 757
2009 723 11 712
2010 685 6 679
2011 709 0 709
2012 768 5 763
2013 767 7 760
2014 848 17 831

Want to know about the populiarty of Jay? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 188,756 babies born with the name Jay in the United States. That's more than enough Jays to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 103 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Jay" was in 1960 with a total of 5,383 babies. (That's a lot of baby Jays)

According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Jay" ranks #77 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Maryland. Imagine that, 84 babies in Maryland have the same name as you in 1959. Across the entire United States a total of 4,987 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Jay popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Jay in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the region near the Rockies? Search for the name to check your answer!

Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Jay" mean? The list below shows the origins of Jay as well as things modernly associated with the name Jay such as celebrities named Jay.

Latin

Origin and Meaning of Jay

The name "Jay" is of Latin origin, and it means "A Bird in the Crow Family". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Jay Leno

Jay Leno is a comedian|name=jay leno with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1973 to present. Jay was born in 1950 as James Douglas Muir Leno in New Rochelle, New York, U.S.

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Jay Sean

Jay Sean is a singer-songwriter, beatboxer, record producer, and arranger specializing in pop, R&B, hip hop, and bhangra music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Jay was born in 1981 as Kamaljit Singh Jhooti in Harlesden, Brent,London, England, UK.

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Jay Chou

Jay Chou is a musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer specializing in pop, rock, R&B, and hip pop music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 2 to present. Jay was born in 1979 in Linkou District, Taipei County, Taiwan.

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Jay Mohr

Jay Mohr is an actor and comedian with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1990 to present. Jay was born in 1970 as Jon Ferguson Mohr in Verona, New Jersey, U.S.

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Jason Alexander

Jason Alexander is an actor, comedian, director, and producer with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1981 to present. Jason was born in 1959 as Jay Scott Greenspan in Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

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Jay Hernandez

Jay Hernandez is an actor with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1999 to present. Jay was born in 1978 as Javier Manuel Hernandez, Jr. in Montebello, California, U.S.

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Alternative Meanings

J is for jubilant, the upbeat you!

A is for altruism, the unselfish you.

Y is for young, the years never show!

Your name in reverse order is "Yaj". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Jya". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Jay born Dec 23, 1970

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Mexico approximately on 1050. Your profession was medicine man, surgeon, and herbalist.

You had a mind of a scientist, always seeking new explanations. Environment often misunderstood you. Had a respectable knowledge. Magic is everywhere around you, in most usual, most ordinary incidents. Your lesson - to learn magic and to help people to see it clearly. You are a magician!

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