[ 1 syll. jay, ja-y ] The baby girl name Jay is also used as a boy name, with the latter form being far more popular. It is pronounced JHey- †. Jay has its origins in the English language. It is used largely in English and Indian. The meaning of Jay is 'the letter J; jay bird'. Its meaning is derived literally from the ordinary word jay. From the short form of other given names, but now used as an independent name in its own right. See Jay for more information.
Jay is a form of the English and Korean Jae.
Jay has 19 forms. Forms of the name include Jaelyn, Jaelynn, Jalin, Jaline, Jaliyah, Jalyn, Jalynn, Jaya (used in Indian as well), Jaycee, Jayla, Jaylah, Jaylan, Jaylee, Jayleen, Jaylene, Jaylin, and Jaylynn. Other English forms include the spelling variants Jae (used in Korean as well) and Jaye.
Jay is uncommon as a baby girl name. It is not in the top 1000 names. In 2018, within the family of girl names directly related to Jay, Jayla was the most frequently used. Jay has primarily been a boy name in the last century.
† Pronunciation for Jay: JH as in "joy (JH.OY)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"