Let's Get Ready for Baby! Sign up for our monthly pregnancy email series, and you'll get regular updates on your baby's development, helpful timelines to get ready for their arrival, must-have baby needs and so much more! PLUS, you'll get instant access to the MomsWhoThink "Ultimate Guide to Baby Naming in 2022." CLICK HERE to get started!

Jai is simply a little fancier way of spelling the name Jay, though it can also be a nickname for names like Jason or Jayden, and it's a standalone name that is popular in cultures that speak Hindi, Sanskrit, and Tamil. Jai is especially beloved in Australia, and while it's never been a top baby name in the United States, it seems to be gaining some traction. Because it's short and sweet, Jai makes a great middle name too.

Meaning of the name Jai:

English: Bird
Hindi: Victory
Sanskrit: Victory
Tamil: Victory

Origin of the name Jai:

In the English language, Jai is simply another spelling for Jay, a nature and word name that means “bird.” In the Hindi, Tamil, and Sanskrit languages, Jai is a name that means “victory.”

Symbolism of the name Jai:

New parents may find plenty of symbolism in the name Jai. As a nature name, the blue jay symbolizes fidelity and loyalty. The name's other meaning, victory, may also be symbolic to new parents who see their young son as a win in their lives.

Style of the name Jai:

Modern

Gender of the name Jai:

Jai is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Jai:

JAY

Number of syllables in the name Jai:

One

Emotion evoked from the name Jai:

The baby name Jai evokes images of someone who is cool and calm in all situations.

Alternative spellings for the name Jai:

Nicknames for the name Jai:

  • JJ

Popularity of the name Jai:

According to the Social Security Administration, Jai has never been a top 1,000 baby name for boys or girls in the United States.

Related names for the name Jai:

Great middle names for Jai and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Jai:

  • Jai Courtney (actor)
  • Jai Ingham (soccer player)
  • Jai Koutrae (actor)
  • Jai Lucas (basketball player)
  • Jai Taurima (long jump champion)
  • Jai Rodriguez (actor, musician, and host)

Jai in popular culture:

  • Jai Wilcox (character on the TV show “Covert Affairs”)
  • Jai (character in the “Tarzan” movie)