What Is the Meaning of the Name "Jared"?

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The boy's name "Jared" is a Hebrew word meaning "one who rules." Jared is mentioned as the father of Enoch in Genesis before the great flood of Noah.

Biblically, Jared lived 162 years before his wife gave birth to Enoch. Jared then lived 800 years beyond Enoch's birth and died at the age of 962. Enoch was also long-lived as he died at age 365.

Many famous people have the name Jared. One of the most prominent is Jared Leto, a movie actor who starred in "Dallas Buyers Club" after roles in "Girl, Interrupted" and "Fight Club" with Brad Pitt. Leto was the lead vocalist of the band 30 Seconds to Mars.

Another famous person named Jared is Jared Fogle. He gained notoriety during marketing campaign with Subway in which Fogle lost weight on a diet of low-fat sub sandwiches. The spokesman lost 245 pounds and became a marketing sensation in 1998.

Jared Hess wrote scripts for "Napoleon Dynamite" and Jack Black's irreverent comedy "Nacho Libre." He also acted in four movies.

Jared Gilmore is a child actor with prominent roles in "Mad Men" and "Once Upon a Time" as Peter Pan. He played in the television series "Talkshow With Spike Feresten" as little Bill O'Reilly.