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Etymology 1Edit

Proper nounEdit

Jay (countable and uncountable, plural Jays)

  1. (countable) An English surname transferred from the nickname from Old French jai (jay (bird)), a nickname for a chatty or showy person.
  2. A placename
    1. A hamlet in Leintwardine parish, Herefordshire, England; named in the c. 13th century for the Jay family, prominent in that area (OS grid ref SO3974).
    2. A locale in the United States.
      1. A town in Santa Rosa County, Florida; named for postmaster J. T. Nowling.
      2. A town in Franklin County, Maine; named for American statesman and Founding Father John Jay.
      3. A town in Essex County, New York; named for John Jay.
      4. A city, the county seat of Delaware County, Oklahoma; named for Jay Washburn, nephew of Cherokee leader Stand Watie.
      5. A town on the Canadian border in Orleans County, Vermont; named for John Jay.
      6. A township in Martin County, Minnesota.
      7. A township in Elk County, Pennsylvania.
      8. A former settlement in California.
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Etymology 2Edit

Proper nounEdit

Jay (plural Jays)

  1. A diminutive of the male given names James, Jacob, Jack, John, or Jason, or for any other name beginning with ⟨J⟩; also used as a formal given name.
  2. A female given name
    • 1947, Alpha Delta Pi, The Adelphean, volume 40, number 2, page 102:
      To Lt. and Mrs. John Ellingston (Beth Vollstedt), a daughter, Jay Karen, on September 17, 1945.
    • 2007, Gráinne Smith, Families, Carers and Professionals: Building Constructive Conversations:
      In 1993, my daughter Jay returned home aged 21 after a disastrous marriage.
    • 2010, Ray Thompson, Fires Within, page 206:
      Within a few weeks, having endured a number of lengthy interviews, Jay found herself working in the Beijing office of the bureau of information.

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Etymology 3Edit

Borrowed from Hindi जय (jay, literally victory).

Proper nounEdit

Jay (plural Jays)

  1. (India) A male given name from Hindi.