Jason

Gender: Masculine

Origin: Greek

Meaning: “to heal”

Eng (JAY-sen)

The name is derived from the Greek ιασθαι (iasthai) meaning, “to heal.” In Greek mythology, the name was borne by one of the more important mythical heros. According to legend, Jason was the leader of the Argonauts and went on a long search for the Golden Fleece. He was later connected with the tragedy of Medea, (a sorceress and also his wife), when she tragically murdered their children in revenge of his unfaithfulness to her. He makes an appearance in both the epic poem, Argonautica and the play Medea. In Slovenian folklore, he is also attributed as the founder of Ljubljana.

The name also appears in the New Testament as the name of a man who sheltered Paul and Silas, (Acts 17:5–9; Romans 16:21).

The name has been popular in the English-speaking world since the Renaissance. Currently, he is the 60th most popular male name in the United States, (2008). Between 1974 and 1978, he ranked as high as # 2. His popularity in other countries is as follows:

  • # 80 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
  • #93 (the Netherlands, 2009)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Jasó (Catalan)
  • Jazon Јасон (Croatian/Polish/Serbian/Slovene)
  • Iásón (Czech)
  • Jason Ясо́н (Danish/Dutch/English/German/French/Icelandic/Norwegian/Russian/Swedish/Ukrainian)
  • Iason Ιασων (Finnish/German/Greek: Ancient/Biblical/Romanian)
  • Xasón (Galician: shah-SONE)
  • Iasoni იასონი (Georgian)
  • Iaszón (Hungarian)
  • Giasone (Italian)
  • Jasonas (Lithuanian)
  • Jasão (Portuguese)
  • Giasuni (Sicilian)
  • Jasón (Spanish)
  • İason (Turkish)

The designated name-day is July 12 (France).

A common English short form is Jay.

Sources

  1. http://www.behindthename.com/namedays/search.php?terms=jason\
  2. http://www.askoxford.com/firstnames/jason?view=uk
  3. Bulfinch’s Mythology, Medea and Aeson.
  4. Publius Ovidius Naso. Metamorphoses
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