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Related names Gerad, Gared, Jarred, Jarad, Jarrad, Jarid, Jarrid, Jarryd, Jarod, Jarrod, Jareth, Jered, Jerred, Jerad, Jerrad, Jerid, Jerrid, Jerod, Jerrod, Jerry, Jean, Yared

Jared, /ˈdʒæɹəd/, is a proper name of Biblical derivation that is a common first name, mostly in North American English-speaking countries.

In the Book of Genesis, the biblical patriarch Jared (יָרֶד) was the sixth link in the ten pre-flood generations between Adam and Noah; he was the son of Mahalaleel and the father of Enoch, and lived 962 years (per Genesis 5:18). The biblical text in Jubilees implicitly etymologizes the name as derived from the root YRD "descend", because in his days "the angels of the Lord descended to earth".[1] Alternative suggestions for the name's etymology include words for "rose" and for "servant".[2]

Yared (505–571) was an Ethiopian bishop who introduced the concept of sacred music to Ethiopian Orthodox services. He is regarded as a saint of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church with a feast day of 11 Genbot (May 19).

Jared was (rarely) used as a given name in 18th-century Anglo-Saxon Protestantism, and was revived as a popularly given name in the United States in the 1960s, due to the character of Jarrod Barkley on the television series The Big Valley, peaking at rank 51 in popularity in 1998.




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  1. ^ Joseph A. Fitzmyer, The Genesis Apocryphon of Qumran Cave 1 (1Q20): A Commentary (2004), p. 139.
  2. ^ Richard S. Hess, Studies in the personal names of Genesis 1-11 (1993), p. 69.