A few posts ago, we talked about the name Camille, and that it has usage for males and well as females. This post acts as a follow on, as we look at the name Jade, which also has seen use as a male name.
We cite the American guitarist Jade Puget as one of the more notable male bearers of the name. Emma Bunton’s partner, with whom she had her sons, Beau and Tate, is also called Jade.
Unsurprisingly, Jade has not fared particularly well as a male name in England&Wales in recent years:
And as a female name, she’s had an even harder time these past few years, falling from inside the Top 100 to out of the Top 300:
Jade Goody was a well known reality show contestant, coming fourth Big Brother in 2002. This did not mean she was particularly popular, as she was repeatedly mocked by the press for her lack of general knowledge, such as her belief that Rio de Janeiro was a person, not a place.
In 2007, she re-entered Big Brother in the Celebrity version and became a part of the racism controversy surrounding that particular series. As you can see from the table above, Jade suffered a drop of 89 places between 2006 and 2007, with 135 less babies born in 2007 with the name. Since the controversial series began in January of 2007, it’s likely that the events in the house did contribute towards many people opting for a different name. Especially since the incident caused international outcry and a torrent of complaints.
It’s also worth noting that the years Jade was used for a lad coincide with releases of AFI, the band Jade Puget plays for. Sing the Sorrow was released in 2003 and Crash Love was released in 2009. The album in between, Decemberunderground, was released in 2006 and was their biggest commerical success as it reached #1 in the US, so he’s not had an overly powerful influence.
Mick Jagger named his daughter, born in 1971, Jade and sparked her rise, which peaked at 16th in 1994.
She did not fellow fellow gemstone names, such as Ruby and Pearl, in popularity until much later because at the time she was related to a slang word meaning broken-down old horse, or even nagging woman. The name itself comes from the Spanish phrase, piedra de ijada, and literally means stone of the bowels, coming from the belief that the Jadestone could cure bowel problems.
We also have the word jaded, which the Oxford Dictionary defines as:
bored or lacking enthusiasm, typically after having had too much of something:meals to tempt the most jaded appetites
Irish informal physically tired; exhausted.
Whilst we’re on the subject, it is worth making note of the name Jaden/Jayden, which is currently gaining ground as a male name.
Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith and Jada Pinkett is one of the more prominent bearers of the name, and had his breakthrough role in The Pursuit of Happiness, released in 2006. Between 2006 and 2007 we can see a noticeable rise in popularity for an otherwise declining name.
The alternate spelling Jayden is the one to watch for:
Britney Spears’ second son, Jayden James, made an appearance in September 2006, the year Jayden broke the 1000 births barrier. However, there was a slight decline in births in 2010, which may indicate this name has reached its peak.