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What does the name Jade mean?

The different meanings of the name Jade are:
  • American meaning: Stone of the side
  • Spanish meaning: Green gemstone
The meaning of the name “Jade” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Jade is a name originally given to an ornamental stone, but it has become a first name for females in different parts of the world. The name first came from the Spanish word for the stone jade, ijada. In many cultures, jade is said to have properties which will help to protect anyone who wears it from certain types of harm. It’s said that if a baby wears a piece of jade near their stomach, they will avoid having colic. Some ancient Chinese civilizations believed the stone helped to ward off bad spirits if worn around the neck. The meaning of the name is “precious green stone”. Jade has been considered a precious stone for thousands of years, used in jewellery, weapons, and grave goods. "Jade" was also slang for "nag" or "prostitute", and is so used in literature up through the 19th century. Jade is also considered a shade of Green.

There are several popular variations of the name Jade. These include Jada, Jayda, Jaide, or Jaida. One Italian variant is the name Gaida. A similar male version of the name, Jaden, Jayden, Jaiden, or Jadyn, has also become popular over the years. Commonly used diminutives of the name Jade include Jay, Jay-jay, or Jada.

Popularity of the name Jade has been in a decline in many countries since the mid 2000s. The name was not used as a female name much until 1975 when it broke into the top 1000 most popular baby girl names in the US. Its peak usage rate was In France in France when the name was ranked as the 2nd most popular baby girl name in 2009. In 2014 it was ranked as the 139th most popular girl name in the US, the 7th most popular girl name in France, the 93rd most popular girl name in Australia, and the 24th most popular girl name in Belgium.

Celebrities who share the name Jade include Jade Ramsey, and actress; Jade Yorker, an actor; Jade Dernbach, a cricket player; Jade Peters, a pop singer; Jade Bailey, a runner; and Jade Cole, a model.