First name origins & meanings:
- Hebrew: Supplanter, substitute; the patron saint of Spain
- Old French: Jay bird
- English: Supplanter; substitute
First name variations: Jaymes, Jaime, Jaymie, Jamy, Jaimie, Jamesy, Jameson, Jamey, Jan, Jim, Jimmy, Jimmie, Jimbo, Diego, Giacomo, Seamus, Sheamus, Shamus, Hamish, Santiago, Jaemes, Jaimes, Jaemie, Jaemy, Jaimie, Jame, Jameyel, Jami, Jamia, Jamiah, Jamian, Jamiee, Jamme, Jammey, Jammie, Jammy, Jamye, Jameze, Jamze, Jamieson, Jamison, Jamiesen, James, Jai, Jaybird, Jave, Jeays, Jeyes
Last name origins & meanings:
- English and French: nickname from Middle English, Old French
jay(e), gai ‘jay’ (the bird), probably referring to an
idle chatterer or a showy person, although the jay was also noted for
its thieving habits.
- The name is associated with a Huguenot family from La Rochelle, France, who
settled in New Amsterdam. Peter Jay was the scion of the NY Jays; his son John (1745–1829) was a U.S. diplomat and first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.