Animals, Birds, Emotion/Feelings, Female, J names, Jaybird, Joy, Male, Nickname names, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Unisex, Virtues/Attributes, Word names


Jay is an Indian male name, the modern transcription of Jaya, a unisex Indian name meaning “victory” which ultimately derives from PIE root *gʷey- (to win, to conquer; force). Jay is also an English name, a unisex name often used as a nickname for names beginning with the letter such as James, Jasonor JaneJay is also an English and French surname which originated as a nickname for someone who behaved or resembled a jaybird in some way. The origin comes from Old French jai meaning “happy, cheerful” via Latin gaius which likely derives from gaudere meaning “to rejoice; to take pleasure in” derived from a PIE root word.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Jai (Indian, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil)
  • Jaya (Hinduism, Indian, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi)
  • Jayanta (Hinduism, Indian, Bengali, Assamese)
  • Jayant (Indian, Hindi, Marathi)


Female forms:

  • Jaya (Hinduism, Indian, Tamil, Telugu, Hindi, Marathi)
  • Jayanti (Hinduism, Indian, Hindi)
  • Jayanthi (Indian, Tamil, Kannada)


Jay- जय (Hindi, Marathi)

Jay- જય (Gujarati)



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