First name origins & meanings:

  1. Hebrew: Supplanter, substitute; the patron saint of Spain
  2. Old French: Jay bird
  3. 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, Jai, Jaybird, Jave, Jeays, Jeyes, James

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

This name appears in the following lists: Animals, Before They Were Famous - Name Changers, Cowboys and Cowgirls, Literary Characters

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