Jason is a common given name for a male. It comes from Greek Ἰάσων (Iasōn), meaning "healer", from the verb ἰάομαι (iaomai) "heal, cure", cogn. with Ἰασώ (Iasō), the goddess of healing and ἰατρός (iatros), "healer, physician" (the earliest form of the word is the Mycenaean Greeki-ja-te, written in Linear B syllabic script).
The name was borne in Greek Mythology by Jason, the great Thessalian hero who led the Argonauts in the quest for the Golden Fleece.
The name is also found in the New Testament, as the house of a man named Jason was used as a refuge by Paul and Silas.
Its popularity in the United Kingdom peaked during the 1970s, when it was among the top 20 male names, but it had fallen out of the top 100 by 2003.
A feminine name that sounds similar is Jacin, derived from the Portuguese-Spanish name Jacinta or the Anglicized version Jacinda, meaning Hyacinth.
Jason is the most common spelling; however, there are many variant spellings such as Jayson. Jay is the common diminutive.
^Thomas W. Sheehan, Dictionary of Patron Saints' Names, p. 139, at Google Books. Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, 2001. "Jacinta: 'The Hyacinth Flower' (Spanish) or 'The Wearer of Purple' (Portuguese) or 'The Beautiful One' (Spanish). Jacinda: (Greek, Spanish) see Hyacinth, Jacinta."
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