Baby Name Jayden (Jaden)

This new name has become wildly popular among Millennial parents

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The name Jayden is a unique creature: It appears to be an entirely made-up name, which only came into use in the early to mid-1990s. Mainly used as a boys' name, Jayden also has appeared on the list of most popular girls' names as well.

According to some sources, Jayden may have evolved from the Old Testament name Jadon, which means "thankful" or "he will judge." However, Jadon is pronounced JAH-dən rather than JAY-den.

Popularity of Jayden

The name Jayden (and variant spellings) could really be thought of as a "baby" of a name. Unlike other popular baby names like Jacob, Michael, and James which have been around for nearly a thousand years, Jayden only first began appearing on name charts in 1994. By 2010, it ranked in the No. 4 position. For the entire first decade of the 21st century, the list of popular baby names of 2000 - 2009 has Jayden at rank 20.

Since it is such a baby of a name, Jayden does not rank in the Top 100 Names of the Past Century.

Middle Names for Jayden

With the long "A" sound and the hard consonant at the end, names picking a middle name that matches well with Jayden is a bit of a challenge. A few ideas to consider are Jayden Paul, Jayden Christopher, Jayden Oliver and Jayden Patrick.

Sibling Name Suggestions for Jayden

Parents who choose Jayden for their baby boy are likely to prefer unique or modern-sounding names for his brother or sister.

Contemporary names for Jayden's sister might include Nevaeh, Riley or Destiny, and for brothers Brody, Dalton or Carter might fit the bill.

Celebrity Babies Named Jayden (and Jaden)

The best-known Jayden/Jaden is the son of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, who is a rapper and actor in his own right. Smith appeared in the movies After Earth with his father, and in movie remakes of The Day the Earth Stood Still and The Karate Kid.

Other celebrity kids named Jayden/Jaden include Jaden Rayne Boreanaz son of actor David Boreanaz and Jayden James Federline, son of Britney Spears and Kevin Federline

Spelling Variations of Jayden

Current baby name charts show multiple spelling variations, with Jaden being the most common. Some may be pronounced slightly different but others include Jaden, Jaiden, Jaydon, Jadon, Jaidyn, Jaydin, and Jaydan.