Jason (given name)

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Pronunciation /dʒeɪsən/
Gender Male
Word/name Greek
Meaning "Healer"

Jason is a common given name for a male. It comes from Greek Ἰάσων (Iasōn),[1] meaning "healer", from the verb ἰάομαι, iaomai, "heal", "cure",[2] cognate with Ἰασώ, Iasō, the goddess of healing[3] and ἰατρός, iatros, "healer", "physician".[4] Forms of related words have been attested in Greek from as far back as Mycenaen (in Linear B) and Arcadocypriot (in the Cypriot syllabary) Greek: 𐀂𐀊𐀳, i-ja-te and i-ja-te-ra-ne, respectively, both regarded as standing for inflected forms of ἰατήρ, "healer".[5][6][7]

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 Saint Paul and Silas.[8]

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.[9]

A feminine name that sounds similar is Jacin, derived from the Portuguese-Spanish name Jacinta or the Anglicized version Jacinda, meaning Hyacinth.[10]

Jason is the most common spelling; however, there are many variant spellings such as Jaison and Jayson. Jay is the common diminutive.

Notable people with the name[edit]


Fictional characters[edit]

  • Jason Bourne, protagonist of Robert Ludlum's novels and the film series based on them
  • Jason Compson, in William Faulkner's novel The Sound and the Fury
  • Jason Costello, the transgendered teenager in Hollyoaks August 2010 – December 2011
  • Jason "J.D" Dean, in the film Heathers
  • Jason Grace, son of Jupiter and one of the seven protagonists in the fantasy book series Heroes of Olympus
  • Jason Grimshaw, the character from the soap Coronation Street
  • Jason Hogart in Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Jason Hollister in the novel and 1994 romantic film Treacherous Beauties
  • Jason Mars, in the video game Heavy Rain
  • Jason McNamara from the TV series George Lopez
  • Jason Morgan in General Hospital
  • Jason Lee Scott, the first Red Ranger and later the Golden Ranger in the Power Rangers franchise
  • Jason Stackhouse in the The Southern Vampire Mysteries series by Charlaine Harris
  • Jason Street, a character on the TV series Friday Night Lights
  • Jason Todd, the second Robin in Batman comics
  • Jason Voorhees, antagonist of the Friday the 13th series


  1. ^ Slater, William J. (1969). "Ἰάσων". Lexicon to Pindar. Berlin: De Gruyter.  At the Perseus Project.
  2. ^ ἰάομαι. Liddell, Henry George; Scott, Robert; A Greek–English Lexicon at the Perseus Project.
  3. ^ Ἰασώ in Liddell and Scott.
  4. ^ ἰατρός in Liddell and Scott.
  5. ^ ἰατήρ in Liddell and Scott.
  6. ^ Inscription PY Eq 146, line 9. "The Linear B word i-ja-te". Palaeolexicon. Word study tool of ancient languages.  Raymoure, K.A. "i-ja-te". Minoan Linear A & Mycenaean Linear B. Deaditerranean.  "Linear B to Greek: i-ja-te to i-qo". Konoso.  "PY 146 Eq + frr.: 3 + frr. (1)". DĀMOS: Database of Mycenaean at Oslo. University of Oslo. 
  7. ^ Woodard, Roger D., ed. (2008). "Greek Dialects". The Ancient Languages of Europe. Cambridge University Press. p. 70. ISBN 9781139469326.  At Google Books.
  8. ^ Acts 17:5–9
  9. ^ www.babynames.co.uk
  10. ^ 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."