Gender: Unisex (Male and Female)
Usage: Jade, of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a unisex (male and female) name.
People having the name Jade are in general originating from Australia, France, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States of America.
For another variant of the name Jade across the world, see Giada.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 2.
The name Jade is ranked on the 523rd position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 523900 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.016% of the population.
The name Jade has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Jade for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
History and Origin
Jade is a given name derived from the ornamental stone jade, which is used in artwork and in jewellery making. The name is derived from the Spanish piedra de la ijada, which means “stone of the colic.” There was a belief that when jade was placed on the stomach, it could cure colic in babies. The stone is greatly valued in Asian countries. Confucius believed it had properties encouraging purity, bravery, and honesty. Chinese emperors were buried in suits made of the stone because they believed it would make them live on forever.
The name has been used for both boys and girls in the United States. Jade was the 113th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007. It ranked among the 1,000 most common names for boys born in the United States throughout the mid-1990s. Jade was the 232nd most common name for girls in England and Wales in 2007. In the mid-1990s, Jade was among the top 25 most popular names for girls in England and Wales. It was also among the 100 most common names for girls in Scotland, France, Ireland, Belgium, Canada, Australia, and Northern Ireland in recent years. Jada, a variant of the name, was the 97th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007 and was the 89th most popular name for girls in British Columbia, Canada in 2006. Jayda, a spelling variant, was the 262nd most popular name for girls born in 2007 in the United States. Spelling variant Jaida was the 536th most popular name for girls born in the United States in 2007 Giada, an Italian variant of the name, was the 839th most popular name for girls in the United States in 2007. Jaden, also a popular name for boys and girls in the United States with multiple spelling variants, is also sometimes seen as a variant of Jade.
Jade has become increasingly popular in France since 1990. It was the 7th most given name for girls in 2005.
English: from the name of the precious stone, a word that reached English from Spanish (piedra de) ijada, which literally means ‘(stone of the) bowels’. It was so called because it was believed to have the magical power of providing protection against disorders of the intestines. The vogue for this word as a given name developed later than that for other gemstone names, possibly because of the unfortunate etymological associations, or more probably because it sounds the same as the vocabulary word denoting a broken-down old horse or a nagging woman. Its popular appeal received a considerable boost in the early 1970s when the daughter of the English rock singer Mick Jagger was so named.
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