|Word/name||Likely a blend of Jason and "den"|
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[update] 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; it is unlikely that similar modern names are descended from the biblical Jadon. 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.
Usage and popularity
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.
The name first appeared on the SSA's list of the 1,000 most popular boys' names in 1994, at number 850. It became dramatically more popular among ethnic minorities in the U.S. thereafter with the naming of Jaden Smith (a variant of Jayden; derived from his mother's name, Jada), the son of two famous actors, in 1998: use of the name about doubled between 1998 and 1999.
Australia saw Jayden as a top 100 name in the state of Victoria in 1989. 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[update] 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).
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.
- Jayden Antwi-Nyame, English football player
- Jayden Attard (born 1986), Australian rules football player
- Jayden Brailey (born 1996), Australian rugby league player
- Jayden Hadler (born 1993), Australian swimmer
- Jayden Hayward (born 1987), New Zealand rugby union player
- Jayden Hodges (born 1993), Australian rugby player
- Jayden Hunt (born 1995), Australian rules football player
- Jayden Laverde (born 1996), Australian rules football player
- Jayden Levitt (born 1986), South African-born cricketer
- Jayden Ngamanu (born 1997), Australian rugby union player
- Jayden Nikorima (born 1996), New Zealand-Australian rugby league player
- Jayden Pitt (born 1992), Australian rules football player
- Jayden Post (born 1989), Australian football player
- Jayden Sawyer (born 1993), Australian paralympian
- Jayden Schofield (born 1992), Australian rules football player
- Jayden Short (born 1996), Australian rules football player
- Jayden Stockley (born 1993), English football player
- Jayden Walker (born 1996), Italian rugby league player
- Jayden Warn (born 1994), Australian wheelchair rugby player
- "Jayden" Yuan Xiaochao (born 1998), Chinese actor and martial artist
- Jaden (wrestler) (born 1977), professional wrestling manager
- Jaden Hair, American food blogger
- Jaden Leach (born 1992), American beauty pageant titleholder
- Jaden McDaniels, basketball player
- Jaden McGrath, Australian rules football player
- Jaden Michaels, American musician
- Jaden Schwartz (born 1992), Canadian ice hockey player
- Jaden Smith (born 1998), actor, musician, son of actor Will Smith
- Jaeden Lieberher, American actor
- Other variants
- Jadan McCullough, South African guitarist with the band New Loud Rockets
- Jadon Lavik (born 1978), American singer-songwriter
- Jadon Sancho (born 2000), English football player
- Jadon Wagner (born 1984), Canadian football player
- Jaidon Codrington (born 1984), American boxer
- Jaidyn Leskie (1996–1997), Australian crime victim
- Jaidynn Diore Fierce, contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race (season 7)
- Jadyn Douglas (born 1985), Puerto Rican singer-songwriter
- Jadyn Wong, Canadian actress
- Jaeden Graham (born 1995), American football player
- Fictional characters
- Jaden Yuki, main character in the anime series Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
- Jayden, name given to Data in "Thine Own Self", a 1994 episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation
- Jayden Shiba, leader in the TV series Power Rangers Samurai
- Jaden Korr, main character in the video game Star Wars Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy
- Jayden Warley, in the Australian soap opera Neighbours
- Norman Jayden, An FBI agent from the video game Heavy Rain
- Nehemiah 3:7, Biblos.com
- Evans, Cleveland (July 8, 2014). "Cleveland Evans: Jaden likely a combination of Jason, Braden". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved January 13, 2017.
- These statistics be verified using the Social Security Administration's tool "Popularity of a Name". Retrieved July 4, 2018.
- 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.
- Lee, Jennifer 8. (December 2, 2009). "For Baby Names, Jayden Rises to the Top". The New York Times. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
- 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.
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