Jayden — Baby boy name meaning, origin, and popularity
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What does Jayden mean?
A modern mash-up of the names Jay and Hayden. Well-known Jaydens: actor Will Smith’s son (spelled Jaden).
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Jayden Name Meaning, Origin, History, And Popularity
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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Jayden
The Hebrew-derived name Jayden is a modernized version of the Biblical name Jadon. The name became popular in the 1990s. The name Jayden is gender neutral and has several meanings, including “thankful,” “God will judge,” and “the green semi-precious stone Jade.”
Jadon appeared in the Hebrew Scriptures as a man who helped restore Jerusalem’s walls. The name incorporates the “jay” sound from the name Jason with the -den ending present in names like Aiden and Hayden.
Several spelling variations include Jaydan, Jaydyn, Jaydon, Jaydin, Jaden, and the more conventional Aidan/Aiden and Hayden.
Celebrity parents have frequently picked the name Jayden to name their children. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith have named their son Jaden Smith, who co-starred in “The Pursuit of Happiness” with his father and played the title character in the remake of “The Karate Kid.” Jayden is also the name of Britney Spears’s son.
According to data from the Social Security Administration, the name debuted in the US Top 1000 Names in 1994 at position 850. The popularity of the name Jayden grew to epidemic levels through the late 1990s. It has been among the top 50 names since 2006, and in 2010 and 2011, it remained in the top five.
There has been a sudden spike in interest in the US for the frequency of use of names like Jayden and its variants. In 2017, Jayden was ranked 26 in popular boy names. Fictional characters named Jayden include Jayden Johnson in the 2009 American TV film An American Girl: Chrissa Stands Strong, Jayden Hoyles in a Netflix series Daybreak, and Jayden Shiba in the TV series Power Rangers Samurai.
How To Pronounce Jayden?
Pronounced as jey-din
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Famous People With The Name Jayden
- Jayden BartelsAmerican Youtuber, singer and actor
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- Jayden LevittSouth African cricketer
- Jayden HaywardNew zealand rugby union player
- Jayden PanessoVocalist for American band Sylar
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Jaden Smith — biography of son Will Smith, photo, personal life, girl, height 2023
Biography of Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith is an American actor, musician, and rapper, son of actor Will Smith. Behind him are the main roles in the films The Pursuit of Happyness (2006), The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008), The Karate Kid (2010), After Earth (2013).
Pictured: Jaden Smith
Childhood and youth
Jaden Christopher Syer Smith was born on July 8, 19’98 in Malibu, California. Jaden’s father is actor, musician and director Will Smith (Seven Lives, Men in Black, I Am Legend). Mother — American actress, singer, producer, director and entrepreneur Jada Pinkett Smith. Jaden has a younger sister, Willow (born 2000), a singer and actress, and a half-brother, Trey (born 1992), an actor and DJ.
Jayden received his primary education at the New Village Leadership Academy, and later moved to homeschooling with his sister. It was not easy for the boy to communicate with peers who were well aware of his parents and success in the cinema. Now Jayden actively promotes homeschooling and encourages people to drop out of school.
For the first time on set, Jaden Smith was still in his mother’s belly. Jada Pinkett-Smith, in the last months of her pregnancy, starred in the video for her husband’s song «Just the Two of Us» (1998), in which Will’s father, his younger brother and two sisters also appeared. At the age of four, Jaden again starred in his father’s video for the song «Black Suits Comin’ (Nod Ya Head)», which was included in the soundtrack to the movie «Men in Black 2» (2002). In 2004, Jayden appeared in a few episodes of All About Us, produced by his father, but the real success was yet to come.
Jaden Smith as a child with father Will Smith
In 2006, the biographical drama «The Pursuit of Happyness» by Gabriele Muccino was released on the big screens — about a man who went from a poor salesman to a successful manager. A novice broker can get a lucrative contract that would put an end to all his financial problems, but for now, he and his little son have to spend the night on the street, but every day a man must appear in the office in full dress.
Will Smith played the title role, and Jaden, respectively, played the son of a homeless broker. Although according to the plot the child is 5 years old, Jayden was already 8 at the time of filming. The film was warmly received by the audience and critics, and the little actor was awarded three prestigious awards at film festivals.
Still from The Pursuit of Happyness
In 2008, Smith got his second major role in Scott Derrickson’s fantasy drama The Day the Earth Stood Still about an alien invasion of Earth. With the lead actor, Keanu Reeves, Smith was familiar even before filming: the boy’s mother played in the sequels to The Matrix, where Reeves also starred.
Jaden Smith in The Day the Earth Stood Still
Two years later, viewers saw Jayden in Harald Zwart’s The Karate Kid with Jackie Chan. The action film was filmed at the expense of Chan and Jayden’s parents. Smith played a kid from Detroit who is bullied by classmates and learns to stand up for himself through martial arts. The film received rave reviews and high marks from critics, who no longer doubted Smith’s talent.
The Karate Kid (Trailer)
A grown-up Jayden appeared in 2013 in M. Night Shyamalan’s sci-fi disaster film After Earth. In the story, the spaceship of the father (Will Smith) and son (Jaden Smith) crashes on the abandoned planet Earth. To fly back, they will have to fight with wild monkeys, poisonous leeches and an alien predator Ursu. This film received much lower ratings than The Karate Kid, and many negative reviews, which included Jayden’s performance. Accusations of a lack of talent and «quick fame at the expense of a famous father» rained down on the boy.
Jaden Smith in the TV series «Kick Off»
A more successful project for Smith was the drama series The Fire, which takes place in the South Bronx in the 1970s, during the era of hip-hop and disco. In the center of the story is a group of teenagers, one of whom was played by Jayden. Its hero is Marcus «Dizzy» Kipling, a graffiti artist, the most talented of the Kipling brothers (played by Skylan Brooks and Tremaine Brown Jr. ).
In August 2018, Skate Kitchen, a teen drama about skateboarders in New York, was released, starring Jaden Smith. By the way, he became the only actor in the picture who needed an understudy to perform tricks on a skateboard.
Skate Kitchen (trailer)
In 2010, Jaden Smith, along with Canadian singer Justin Bieber, recorded the song «Never Say Never». The song became the official soundtrack to the film The Karate Kid and subsequently reached number 8 on the Billboard Hot-100.
Jaden Smith and Justin Bieber
On October 1, 2012, Jayden released his first mixtape, The Cool Cafe, and two years later, his «sequel» titled Cool Tape Vol. 2″. At the same time, Smith began work on his debut studio album «Syre», which was released in November 2017. In July of the following year, Smith recorded his second LP, Syre: The Electric Album.
Jaden Smith — «Icon»
A funny incident happened with the video for Jayden’s song «Icon». Will Smith decided to congratulate his son on 100 million plays of his songs on the Spotify service and recorded his own version of this video as a gift, and, according to many viewers, it turned out even better than the original.
Jaden Smith has his own clothing brand called MSFTSrep. The range includes sweatshirts, T-shirts, trousers and vests. In 2018, Smith launched a denim line with fashion brand G-Star.
Jaden Smith launches denim line with fashion brand G-Star
In 2016, Smith’s photo shoot for Louis Vuitton, in which he appeared in a skirt, excited the public. The actor became the first male model to be chosen to advertise women’s clothing. Jayden explained that in this way he tries to fight bullying:
«In five years, when your son suddenly wants to go to school in a skirt, he will not be beaten»
Smith continues to wear womenswear — he can often be seen in a skirt or dress, which he successfully harmonizes with sneakers and men’s windbreakers.
Private life of Jaden Smith
Jaden Smith has a short relationship with actress Madison Pettis, singer Stella Hudgens, models Sofia Richie and Kylie Jenner. Also, according to rumors, Smith met with a young actress Amandla Stenberg (Ruta from the Hunger Games).
Jaden Smith with Sarah Snyder
From 2015 to 2017, Jaden Smith was in a relationship with American model Sarah Snyder, who is almost three years older than him. The lovers broke up due to too tight schedules and constant quarrels due to rumors of infidelity. But Snyder has become a real muse for Jayden — he dedicated several songs to her on his debut album.
Jaden Smith and Odessa Adlon
After breaking up with Sarah, Jayden began dating actress Odessa Adlon, daughter of Californication actress Pamela Adlon.
Jaden Smith is now
Jaden continues to make music under the pseudonym Jaden and act in films. In 2020, his new album “CTV3: Cool Tape Vol. 3″, which included 17 songs, including a duet with Justin Bieber «Falling For You». However, the song “Cabin Fever”, for which there was a video in July, fell in love with the listeners much more.
Jaden – Cabin Fever
At the beginning of 2020, the comedy Impossible Jokers with his participation was released. Work also continues on the melodrama Life in a Year with the participation of Jayden and model Cara Delevingne. The picture tells about a 17-year-old teenager who learns that his girlfriend will soon die and he has only a year to prove his love.
- 2006: The Pursuit of Happyness
Why we love Jaden Smith — rapper, eco-activist and inventor
Text: Polina Kryukova
Jaden Smith is a man-orchestra: he plays movies, writes music, takes care of nature, destroys gender stereotypes and plans to become the new Elon Musk. In July, he celebrated his 21st birthday, released his second music album, Erys, and launched a restaurant on wheels with free vegan food for the homeless. It’s time to remember where he started and find out how he plans to use his popularity in the future.
He got his start in film
Jaden Smith’s career began in film: at the age of four, he starred in the comedy series All About Us, written by his father, actor Will Smith. Then there was an episodic role in the Disney sitcom All Tip Top, or The Life of Zack and Cody, but the film The Pursuit of Happyness became the first truly serious acting job. The film is based on the memoirs of Chris Gardner, who went from a poor trader to a successful broker. Will Smith played the main role in it, and Jaden played the role of his five-year-old son. When Smith Jr. was 12, the well-known «Karate Kid» was released, where Jayden’s character learned karate from Jackie Chan’s character. And a couple of years later, Jayden again found himself on the same set with his father — this time in the fantastic action movie «After Earth». But despite the fact that he got the role no less bright than that of the star dad, Jayden’s acting career did not take place.
The Karate Kid 2010
…but ended up choosing the music
In 2017, Smith released his first album, Syre, after three years of work. The record’s success cemented Jayden’s status as a promising rapper and musician, which is how he is most often labeled in the media. In July 2019, his second studio album, Erys, was released, the lyrical hero of which is Jayden’s antagonist from the Syre era. The singer himself says that the first album shows his sensual side, and the second illustrates the message «like I don’t give a damn.» The rapper explains this by saying that “we all experience many different emotions. I just always very sincerely share everything that I feel. And I needed to show a different side of myself.» For the new album, Jayden gathered almost all the brightest hip-hop artists: he recorded a song with Tyler, The Creator (with whom, by the way, he will go on tour in support of his album Igor), with A$AP Rocky and with the Grammy winner » by Kid Cudi. Jaden calls the latter his friend and mentor: “We worked with him even before the release of my first album. We have about four songs together, but it was only during the recording of Erys that Kid said it was time to share one of our tracks with everyone.»
On the eve of the release of Erys, Jaden Smith changed his stage name to drop his last name. Jaden wants to separate his music career from all other pursuits, so as a musician he is Jaden, and as an actor, activist and businessman he is Jaden Smith.
In an interview with Complex, Jaden said that one day he decided to shave his head right in the recording studio (“I like to express myself not only through my music, I want to show that my way of thinking is different from the way the average person thinks”). The inspiration was the contemporary artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, who also went half bald. Love for him has been tested by time: in 2016, Jayden took part in the filming of the TV series Anneal, which was released on Netflix. There he played the role of a New York graffiti artist 1970s, and Basquiat became the prototype of this character. When Jayden took out an electric razor and started trimming his haircut, Lido — the producer of the Erys album — approached him and offered to record this sound. Then the buzz was mixed and inserted at the end of the song «K».
Jaden has always been (and still is) a style icon. The first time he shaved off his dreadlocks was in April 2016, when he and Cara Delevingne began working on the film A Life in a Year, which will premiere in 2019.-m. And a year later, he shocked everyone at the Met Gala by taking the cut-off curls with him as an accessory. Appearance plays a big role for Jayden. Clothing and hairstyle is another way of self-expression. At 18, he launched MSFTSrep, a gender-neutral clothing line «for tomboy girls and guys who want to wear skirts.» Jayden himself appeared in public more than once in dresses and skirts, so when Nicolas Ghesquière invited him to star in an advertising campaign for the Louis Vuitton spring-summer 2016 women’s collection, it seemed like a completely natural step. Moreover, gender-neutral fashion was just beginning to gain popularity.
Naturally, Jaden has been under the radar of cameras since childhood, whether on set or in everyday life. During this time, he learned to use fashion as a powerful weapon. So, the rapper admits that he often wears the same thing to trick the paparazzi: “Since I am constantly photographed, I know that if I wear the same thing every day, interest in me will disappear and they will stop persecuting me. It’s the same as saying the same thing over and over during an interview: people will just get tired of listening to it and they won’t invite you anymore.”
met gala, 2017
Jayden’s latest fashion statement is his collaboration with sustainable denim brand G-Star. “I was introduced to G-Star by Pharrell Williams [who also released a collaboration with the brand shortly before], I respect him very much and am proud of my friendship with him. I am very inspired by how far G-Star has come in developing environmental innovations. And recently they launched a line of the most eco-friendly jeans ever made. Their approach is close to me — they are trying to update an industry that needs it so much, ”said Jayden The collection is divided into three parts, each of which is dedicated to natural forces and phenomena: water, earth and a solar eclipse. When working on the line, Jayden himself cut and sewed samples from dense heavy denim.
He is also an activist (and not only eco-friendly)
The young musician and actor began to worry about environmental issues long before his collaboration with G-Star. Jayden was born in Malibu and spent his entire childhood by the ocean. At the age of 10, he noticed how much garbage was in the water, and at 17, with the support of his father, he organized a company for the production of ecological bottled water JUST Water, which is extracted from the Glen Falls watershed and produced using an innovative water purification system — it was developed specifically experts hired by Jayden and his father. The bottle is made from paper (with no environmental impact, as the trees used to make it are grown in renewable forests) and the lid is made from sugarcane.
In 2019, the company expanded with a new project: Jayden proposed downscaling filters and installing them in places where there are water resource problems. They decided to test the new system — it was called the Water Box — in the city of Flint, Michigan. The water crisis here began back in 2014, when, due to ill-conceived actions by the government, the city had to use the Flint River as a source of drinking water. But the water in Flint isn’t just undrinkable, it’s dangerous to health. The Water Box filtration system is working to purify some of the water, providing the city with the necessary resource. Jayden’s plans for further expansion of JUST Water are ambitious: he hopes to install the filtration systems tested in Flint in other locations around the world. For example, in African cities where there is water, but it is not suitable for consumption.
Jayden’s activism is not limited to environmental initiatives. He celebrated his 21st birthday this year by opening a restaurant on wheels I Love You. This is Smith’s new charity project, which was created to provide the homeless in Los Angeles with delicious and healthy vegan food prepared by the Smith family chef. The idea, apparently, was born a long time ago: “All the people who played the homeless in the movie The Pursuit of Happyness were really homeless. I then communicated very closely with them on the set, from childhood I was familiar with this problem, but I never understood why this was happening. I asked my dad, and he answered: “This is life. There are people who are less fortunate than us, and they have a hard time. That’s what the movie is about.» This experience really influenced my whole life.” Jayden plans to host regular I Love You pop-ups, and eventually open a permanent restaurant where those in need can get free food three times a day, seven days a week.
His main idol is Elon Musk
“In general, I would like everyone to know that I plan to change my profession and become a real inventor. I want to devote all my time to inventing new technologies, because I think that I understand this better than music, ”says Jayden in one of his latest interviews. It would seem that it sounds illogical, because shortly before that he released the album Erys, which was actively promoted (and continues to be promoted) in the media. But for those who have been following Jaden for a long time, these words are not news. Three years ago, in an interview with GQ, he spoke about his love for science, about the fact that everything he does is a scientific experiment: “My sister and I are real scientists.