National Jay Day – April 6, 2023

National Jay Day is celebrated every year on April 6. Jay is pronounced as the 10th letter of the English alphabet — J. It is frequently used as a nickname for people with names that begin with J, such as James, Jason, John, and Jack. Whether you are known as Jay by your given name or a nickname, we don’t care — today, we celebrate you.

Jay means ‘to heal.’ Jay is also a well-known bird that has been mentioned in famous works of literature, including “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” movie.

History of National Jay Day

Names have a significant psychological impact on the person who carries them, according to a New Yorker article. Even our choice of mates, occupations, and even the equities we buy is influenced by our names. Therefore, it only makes sense to understand how the name Jay affects our perspective.

The Jaybirds belong to the crow family. The Blue Jay, Eurasian Jay, Californian Scrub Jay, and Azure Jay are just a few varieties of medium-sized birds that are found worldwide. Jays are raucous birds that contributed to the development of the ancient American slang term ‘jay’ for a ‘rowdy person.’ This is also where the term ‘jaywalk’ originated, a combination of the words ‘walk’ and ‘jay’ that denote a foolish or inexperienced individual.

Blue Jays and mockingbirds are used as an allegory for prejudice toward the black population by author Harper Lee in the classic book “To Kill a Mockingbird.” Mockingjay became a symbol of rebellion in literature and later in the Academy Award-winning “Hunger Games” film. Famous personalities also hold the name Jay. Jay Z and Jay Sean are prominent icons of the music industry. Another famous Jay, Jay Leno was a comedian and American T.V. host for over 15 years.

National Jay Day timeline

20th Century
The Word ‘Jay’ is Coined

The word ‘jay’ comes into existence at the beginning of the 20th century.

1937
Jay Rockefeller is Born

Rockefeller, the grandson of John D. Rockefeller, is born on 18 June.

1950
Jay Leno is Born

The American T.V. host and comedian is born on April 28.

1969
Jay-Z is Born

Jay-Z, an American musician who has won over 20 Grammy Awards, is born.

National Jay Day FAQs

Is Jay a popular name?

Jay was the 377th most popular boy’s name and the 8406th most popular girl’s name. In 2021 there were 855 baby boys and only 12 baby girls named Jay.

What does Jay mean in Hindi?

In Hindu-influenced cultures, Jay or Jai is a common first name for a male, derived from the Sanskrit for ‘win’ or ‘victory.’

Who was John Jay?

American statesman and founding father John Jay served the country in several administrative positions, notably as the first chief justice of the Supreme Court.

National Jay Day Activities

  1. Gift a Jay

    Personalized jewelry is a simple gift idea. Give one to the Jay you want to thank for everything.

  2. Offer a special discount

    If you own a customer-facing business, you can offer discounted services and products to people named Jay. This will make them feel extra-special.

  3. Snap a selfie

    Snap a selfie with Jay and upload it on social media. Let the love pour in. Additionally, you can click and share oddball signs or billboards that contain the word jay in some portions.

5 Fictional Characters Named Jay

  1. “The Great Gatsby”

    Jay Gatsby is the main character of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.

  2. “The Flash”

    Jason ‘Jay’ Peter Garrick is a superhero appearing in American comic books published by D.C. Comics.

  3. “Chicago Fire”

    In “Chicago Fire,” Detective Jay Halstead plays an undercover police officer tasked with tracking down and apprehending a local mafia.

  4. “The Wire”

    A fictionalized version of the real-life Baltimore City police officer appears on the H.B.O series as Jay Landsman.

  5. “Apollo 13”

    Jay Lovell is a fictional character from the 1995 film.

Why We Love National Jay Day

  1. It's a reason to celebrate

    Days like this call for a celebration. Celebrations are fun and provide us with the perfect opportunity to engage in the joys of life.

  2. It's a reason to be thankful

    It is a good enough reason to call up the one who has named you and say thank you for such a nice name. Gratitude gives us greater joy and meaning and enhances our spiritual lives.

  3. The spiritual significance of names

    It is also possible to connect with God through names. A person is given a name to establish dominance over them or to signify a fresh start or life direction.

National Jay Day dates

YearDateDay
2023April 6Thursday
2024April 6Saturday
2025April 6Sunday
2026April 6Monday
2027April 6Tuesday

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