The short form of Jason, Jacob, Jayden, and other names beginning with the letter "J." Possibly derived from the Latin name Gaius. Also an Indian name meaning "victory" in Sanskrit. Used as an independent name for more than 125 years. Possibly inspired by John Jay, the politician and statesman, who served as the first Chief Justice of the United States from 1789 to 1795. Popular in England, Wales, and Scotland.