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GenderMasculine
UsageEnglish
PronouncedPron.JAY
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Meaning & History

Short form of names beginning with the sound J, such as JAMES or JASON. It was originally used in America in honour of founding father John Jay (1749-1825), whose surname was derived from the jaybird.
VariantsJace, Jamey, Jase, Jayce, Jem, Jemmy, Jim, Jae
DiminutivesJimi, Jimmie, Jimmy
Other Languages & CulturesIason Ancient Greek Yakub, Yaqoob, Yaqub Arabic Hagop, Hakob Armenian Jakes Basque Jacob, James, Jason Biblical Iakobos, Iason Biblical Greek Yaakov Biblical Hebrew Iacobus, Iason Biblical Latin Yakov Bulgarian Jaume, Jaumet Catalan Jago Cornish Jakov, Jakša Croatian Jakub Czech Jacob, Jakob, Ib, Jeppe Danish Jacob, Jacobus, Jakob, Sjaak, Cobus, Coos, Jaap, Kobe, Kobus, Koos Dutch Jaagup, Jaak, Jaakob Estonian Jákup Faroese Jaakko, Jaakob, Jaakoppi Finnish Jacques, Jason, Jacky French Iago, Xacobe, Xaime Galician Iakob, Koba Georgian Jakob, Jockel German Iakovos, Iason Greek Iason, Jason Greek Mythology Yakubu Hausa Iakopa, Kimo Hawaiian Yaakov, Yakov, Akiba, Akiva Hebrew Jakab, Jákob Hungarian Jakob Icelandic Séamus, Shamus, Sheamus, Séamas Irish Giacomo, Iacopo, Jacopo, Giacobbe, Lapo Italian Jacob Jewish Iacomus, Jacobus Late Roman Jokūbas Lithuanian Jakov Macedonian Hemi Maori Jacob, Jakob Norwegian Jakub, Kuba Polish Iago, Jaime, Jacó Portuguese Iacob Romanian Yakov, Yasha Russian Seumas, Jamie Scottish Jakov, Jakša Serbian Jakub Slovak Jakob, Jaka, Jaša Slovene Jacobo, Jaime, Yago Spanish Jacob, Jakob Swedish Yakup Turkish Yakiv Ukrainian Iago Welsh
Same SpellingJay (2)

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actors, American founding fathers, American Horror Story characters, Angry Birds characters, Animal Crossing characters, animals, athletes, Beatles songs, birds, blue, DC Comics characters, diminutives, literature, musicians, nature, never out of the US top 1000, short forms, surnames, Tales characters, television, word names, Y vowels
Entry updated November 18, 2011   Contribute