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Word/nameLikely a blend of Jason and "den"
Other names
Alternative spellingJaden

Jayden is a given name that was rather obscure until the 1990s, when it and variants appeared on the U.S. Social Security Administration's (SSA) list of the 1,000 most popular boys' names. A name likely of modern invention, as of 2017 its rank among boys is 26, though it peaked at number 4 in 2011.


Jadon (or Yadon) the Meronothite, Hebrew for "he will judge", appears in the Bible in Nehemiah 3:7;[1] it is unlikely that similar modern names are descended from the biblical Jadon.[2] The name is probably a modern invention, formed by blending the "Jay" sound from the 1970s-popular name Jason with the "den" sound from names like Braden, Hayden, Jordan and Zayden.[2]

Usage and popularity[edit]

The first Jadon to appear in the U.S. Census is Jadon Solomon Jones (born 1858) of South Carolina, among a few others of the same name in the 19th century. In BC, Canada, Jayden Andrew Thiessen was born in 1976, possibly the first Jayden in the world with this particular spelling. The first year the SSA listed the name – those names in its annual list must be given to at least five children – was in 1970, when there were five Jadens born. Jadon appeared in 1973, and Jayden was first listed in 1977.[2]

The name first appeared on the SSA's list of the 1,000 most popular boys' names in 1994, at number 850.[3] It became dramatically more popular among ethnic minorities[4] in the U.S. thereafter with the naming of Jaden Smith (a variant of Jayden; derived from his mother's name, Jada),[5] the son of two famous actors, in 1998:[5] use of the name about doubled between 1998 and 1999.[2]

Australia saw Jayden as a top 100 name in the state of Victoria in 1989.[2] In the United States, a decade later, Jayden's rank had risen to 62 and peaked at number 4 in 2011 with 16,979 births. The rank of Jayden as of 2017 is 26; variants that have peaked are Jaden (at 74 in 2007), Jaiden (at 171 in 2009), Jadyn (at 248 in 2005), Jadan (at 373 in 2003), and Jaidyn (at 559 in 2008).[3]

The name's and variants' sudden rise in U.S. usage comes from many places: J names have been historically liked by Americans, and the popularity of two-syllable names ending in n has increased, as has the frequency of distinctive names.[6]


  • Jadin Bell (1997–2013), American victim of bullying who committed suicide
  • Jadin Wong (1913–2010), American singer
Other variants
Fictional characters

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Nehemiah 3:7, Biblos.com
  2. ^ a b c d e Evans, Cleveland (July 8, 2014). "Cleveland Evans: Jaden likely a combination of Jason, Braden". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
  3. ^ a b These statistics be verified using the Social Security Administration's tool "Popularity of a Name". Retrieved July 4, 2018.
  4. ^ La Vorgna, Marca; Levine, Samantha (August 29, 2012). "Mayor Bloomberg Announces Isabella And Jayden Are 2011's Most Popular Baby Names For Third Year In A Row". City of New York. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  5. ^ a b Lee, Jennifer 8. (December 2, 2009). "For Baby Names, Jayden Rises to the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  6. ^ Lee, Jennifer 8. (October 12, 2007). "Most Popular Baby Name Starts with M (or Is It J?)". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2017.