Jade Name Meaning

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Jade is a unique and beautiful name derived from the gemstone of the same name. The jade gemstone is typically used in jewelry making, but also can be used in some works of art. The name is from the Spanish phrase “piedra de la ijada” which means “stone of the colic” or “stone of the side.” This was born of the belief that the green gemstone could cure colic in babies when it was placed on their stomachs. The name Jade can also simply mean "precious gemstone."

Jade belongs to a popular category of names that take after gemstones like Ruby, Amethyst, and Amber. Some people also think that the name has English origins. 

  • Origin: Jade is from the gemstone with the same name; however, the name has Spanish origins. 
  • Gender: Jade is a great name for babies of any gender. In the United States, it’s commonly given to both boys and girls.
  • Pronunciation: Ja-yd

Although many baby names are separated by gender, Verywell Family believes that sex does not need to play a role in your name selection process. It’s important to select a name that you feel suits your new baby the best.

How Popular Is the Name Jade? 

Jade became a popular given name across the world in the 1970s. Although it was initially unisex, the name is predominantly used for girls now. Jade is a unique name and has been featured in several lists of popular baby names in the United States in the past decades.

In the 1990s, it was one of the top 25 most popular names for girls in England and Wales. The popularity of the name Jade has steadily risen in popularity in the United States over the last two decades. According to the Social Security Administration's 2020 data, Jade broke back into the top 100 most popular girls names at No. 97.

Name Variations 

Some of the most common variations for the name Jade include: 

  • Giada (Italian)
  • Jada (English)
  • Jadeana
  • Jadra
  • Jady 
  • Jaida (English)
  • Jayda (English)
  • Jayde (English) 
  • Jaydee 
  • Jaydra 
  • Jhadira
  • Zhade (French) 

Similar Names

If you are thinking of naming your baby Jade, but want some other options with a similar feel to consider before you make your choice, check out this list of similar: 

  • Amethyst
  • Amber
  • Autumn 
  • Belle
  • Iris
  • Ivy
  • Jaiden
  • Jasmine 
  • June
  • Lavender
  • Luna
  • Raven
  • Sage 
  • Willow

Suggested Sibling Names 

If you’ve decided to name your baby Jade, here are some great names to give their siblings that have a similar feel: 

  • Chloe
  • Isabella 
  • Jacob
  • James
  • Jasmine 
  • Jonathan
  • Jordyn 
  • Julian
  • Madison 
  • Ruby 

Famous People Named Jade    

Jade is a beautiful name for your baby. If you are wondering who else in the world shares the same name with your baby, here’s a list of famous people who have the same name: 

Famous Female Jades

  • Jade Bird, English singer and songwriter 
  • Jade Cole, American print and fashion model 
  • Jade Ewen, British singer and actress and a member of the girl band "Sugarbabes"
  • Jade Goody, British reality star 
  • Jade MacRae, Australian singer 
  • Jade Raymond, Canadian video game creator 
  • Jade Snow Wong, Chinese-American ceramic artist and writer 
  • Jade Thirlwall, English singer and member of the girl band "Little Mix"

Famous Male Jades

  • Jade C. Bell, Canadian actor 
  • Jade Dernbach, South African cricket player 
  • Jade Gresham, Australian footballer 
  • Jade Rawlings, Australian footballer 

More Baby Names

Still searching for the perfect baby name? Check out these related baby name lists for even more options: 

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By Toketemu Ohwovoriole
Toketemu has been multimedia storyteller for the last four years. Her expertise focuses primarily on mental wellness and women’s health topics.