25 Joyfully Unique Baby Names Starting with J

Did you know J is the most common letter of the alphabet for names? There are thousands of adorable J baby names, some really popular, some incredibly rare, and many in between. J names were especially popular in the 80s but the letter remains a huge hit for parents-to-be.

We’ve rounded up the most popular names starting with J as well as 25 rare J baby names that you might want to consider for your little ones.

Some are etched in nature, some ooze with vintage cool, some come with a lovely meaning, and some we simply love the way they sound.

Behold – the cutest names starting with J!

Most Popular Baby Names Starting with J

These are the J names that made the top 100 most popular names in Australia (boys and girls) in 2023.


  • Jasmine

Only 1 J name made it to the top 100 for girls but we know plenty more J girl names that are very popular – or were in the 80s, 90s, and 00s.

  • Josie
  • Jessica
  • Jade
  • Jane
  • Jody
  • Jaime
  • Jacklyn
  • Julie
  • Julia
  • Jana
  • Jenna
  • Jordan
  • Jordana
  • Jennifer
  • Joanne

BOYS: Out of the top 100 baby boy names, 11 start with J.

  • Jack
  • James
  • Jordan
  • Jayden
  • Jackson
  • Jude
  • Jaxon
  • Jacob
  • Jasper
  • Joshua
  • Joseph

Other common J names for boys include Joey, Johnathan, Jonah, Jonas, Jameson and Jason.

Additional names beginning with J to consider

1. Juliet – Feminine and etched in literature, Juliet is strong, elegant and means ‘youthful’.

2. Jeremiah The Summer I Turned Pretty is turning this name into a hot contender. Jeremiah is a biblical baby name exuding wisdom, power, and strength.

3. Jaya – Another pretty-sounding name, Jaya is a cute alternative to Kaya and means ‘victorious’.

4. Jupiter –  A very bold option, Jupiter is powerful and commanding – great for a next-gen leader! Jupiter is the head Roman god, the god of sky and weather and a planet, of course. A very celestial name. 

5. Jersey – This is a newer name option that you won’t see every day, great for parents looking for a unique unisex J name.

6. Juniper – A lovely nature name, Juniper means ‘young’ or ‘evergreen’ and is associated with juniper berries and trees – a beautiful blossoming option!

7. Jovie – Sweet and spunky, Jovie oozes with happiness and means ‘joyful’ making it a delightful choice for your darling.

8. Jayla -This name is not only very pretty but it’s also cool because it has three different interesting meanings including ‘victory’, ‘heal’ and ‘God will protect’.

9. Jarvis –  A little bit posh and a little bit vintage, Jarvis is an up-and-comer that’s rising thanks to the Marvel Universe.

10. Joella – Jo-names are quite common (Joanne, Jolene, Josephine) but we like Joella because it’s got that peppy vibe combined with a Southern charm.

11. Jace – While Jace was commonly used as a nickname for Jason, the name is now being used on its own.

12. Josiah – Another biblical choice, Josiah means ‘God supports and heals’ and is a cute alternative to the more popular Joshua.

13. Jessa – This is the next generation of Jessica or Jesse and we love it! I’ve also seen parents choosing Jessalyn and Jessamyn so something a little longer and elegant.

14. Jensen – Charming and courtly, Jensen is a lovely new J name for boys that we predict will gain momentum in the next few years.

15. Jagger – Edgy and vibrant, Jagger will forever be considered a rock-n-roll royalty name.

16. Jai – If you like short and sweet names, Jai certainly fits the bill. It’s smooth, calming and means “triumph’.  For a female option, try Jae. 

17. Juna  – Juno and June are two lovely names starting with J but we really love the name Juna which is a little less common. Juna means ‘source of life’.

18. Jewel – This name isn’t new – we’ve seen Jewel being used for decades, but we haven’t seen it in a while. It’s a lovely choice for any precious gem.

19. Jia – A short and spunky choice, Jia comes with a lovely meaning too – the Chinese name means ‘favourite person, home or family’.

20. Jona – Jonah is a popular choice for boys but how about Jona for a little girl? The Hebrew name means dove’.

21. ett/Jet- This speedy name is a great choice for parents looking for something sharp and snappy. I’ve seen it used for both girls and boys. Another cute variant is Jetta.

22. Jori -Jori means ‘to flow down’ and has a poetic vibe to it.

23. Jericho – Meaning ‘city of the moon’, Jericho is a cultural-rich choice for trendy little kids.

24. Jarrah – A sweet choice, Jarrah means ‘honey’.

25. Journey-  We’ll end with one of our top picks for wanderlust baby names, a great choice for any travel lovers out there.

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Born and raised in Canada, Jenna now lives in Far North Queensland with her tribe. When the mum-of-three is not writing, you can find her floating in the pool, watching princess movies, frolicking on the beach, bouncing her baby to sleep or nagging her older kids to put on their pants.

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