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Nickname(s)Jean, Jaye, Jay, Red, Redd, Jerry
Related namesGared, Gerad, Jarad, Jared, Jeptha, Jartha, Jareth, Jarid, Jarod, Jarrad, Jarred, Jarrid, Jarrod, Jarryd, Jaryd, Jhared, Jean, Jerad, Jered, Jerid, Jerod, Jerrad, Jerred, Jerrid, Jerrod, Jerry, Yared,

Jared is a given name of Biblical derivation.


In the Book of Genesis, the biblical patriarch Jared (יֶרֶד) was the sixth 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 (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", "servant" and "one who rules".[2]

Yared (505–571), a namesake, 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).


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