[ 2 syll. ja-son, jas-on ] The baby boy name Jason is pronounced as JHEY-SahN in English †. Jason is mainly used in the English language and it is of Old Greek origin. A biblical name, it is derived from the element 'iasthai' which means to heal. An older form of Jason is Iason (Old Greek). The name was borne in Greek mythology by a legendary hero who assembled a group of warriors known as the Argonauts and sailed with them to Colchis to find the Golden Fleece. In the Bible, the name was borne by an early Christian in Thessalonica who played host to Paul; in New Testament Greek, the name Jason can be considered a form of Joshua. The name was adopted by English Puritans in the 17th century and it was fairly popular. In the 20th century the name enjoyed an increase in popularity, and it was encountered in many characters on television and film.
Jason is a widely used name; it has 36 variant forms that are used in English and other languages. Variant forms used in English include Iason, Jaasan, Jaason, Jace, Jacen, Jacin, Jaesan, Jaesen, Jaeson, Jahsan, Jahson, Jaice, Jaisen, Jaison, Jasan, Jasaun, Jasón, Jasson, Jasten, Jasun, Jathan, Jathon, Jayce, Jaysen, Jayvon, Jazon (used in Polish as well), and Kayson. Other English forms include the pet forms Jase and Jay, and the variant spellings Jasen, Jasin, Jasyn, Jaxon, and Jayson. Foreign variant forms of Jason include the Hawaiian Iakona and the Spanish Jacián.
Jason is popular as a baby name for boys. The name jumped in popularity from the 1900s up to the 1970s. At the height of its usage in 1974, 3.360% of baby boys were given the name Jason. Its ranking then was #2. The baby name has since markedly declined in popularity. In 2018, its usage was only 0.199% and its ranking #100, but it was nonetheless the 3rd most popular after Jaxon and Jace, within all boy names in its group. In 2018, the name was twice as popular as Jason. Jason has predominantly been a baby boy name, though in the past century it has also been used for girls. In 1986, baby boys named Jason outnumbered girls by 133 times.
Baby names that sound like Jason include Jaycen, Ja'juan, Ja'quan, Jaasan, Jaason, Jacan, Jacen, Jachan, Jachen, Jachim, Jachin, Jachym, Jacin, Jackom, Jackome, Jacksen, Jacksin, Jackson, Jacksun, and Jacksyn.
† Pronunciation for Jason: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)" ; S as in "see (S.IY)" ; AH as in "mud (M.AH.D)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"
Details of famous persons named Jason:
Actor Jason Alexander, born Jason Scott Greenspan, 23 September 1959, Newark, New Jersey.
Actor Jason Lee, born 25 April 1970, Orange, California.
Basketball Player Jason Kidd, born 23 March 1973, San Francisco, California.
Fictional Secret Agent Jason Bourne, born 1980.