Gender: Masculine
Origin: Hebrew  יָרֶד 
Meaning: “descent.”
Eng (JARE-ed)

The name is found in the Old Testament as the name of the great-great grandson of Adam , the son of Mahalalel and the father of Enoch. His history is mentioned in the apocryphal Book of Jubilees and the Book of Enoch. According to the Book of Enoch, Jared was named by Mahalalel because he was born during the time when the angels of the Lord descended to earth.

He is revered as a saint in the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and in the Coptic Christian Church.

In the Book of Mormon it is borne by two characters, one is Jared the primary ancestor of the Jaredites who came to the Americas. It is also the name of a Jaredite king who dethroned his father Omer.

It is currently the 242nd most popular male name in the United States, (2010).

Other forms of the name include:

  • Jaredi (Albanian)
  • Yared  יָרֶד (Amharic/Coptic/Hebrew)
  • Jèred (Catalan)
  • Jered (Croatian/German/Polish)
  • Jared (Dutch/French/English/Scandinavian/Spanish)
  • Yered יֶרֶד (Hebrew)
  • Iared Иаред (Italian/Romanian/Russian)
  • Jarede (Portuguese)
The name is borne by actor and singer Jared Leto (b.1971)