Other Word Forms of Jay
Origin of Jay
From Middle English jay, from Old French jai ("jay"; Modern French geai), from Old French jai (“gay, merry”), so named due to its plumage, from Old Frankish *gāhi (“quick, impetuous”), from Proto-Germanic *ganhuz, *ganhwaz (“sudden”), cognate with Dutch gaai (“jay”). More at gay.
Middle English jai from Old French from Late Latin gāius, gāia perhaps from Latin Gāius personal name
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Respelling of the letter jy, by analogy with the following letter kay.
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