What does Jess mean?
Jess [jess] as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Jess) is a Hebrew name, and the meaning of Jess is "God is gracious; jasmine; He sees". Jess is an alternate spelling of Jane (Hebrew): originally a feminine transcription of John. Jess is also a derivative of Jasmine (Old French, Persian). Jess is also used as a derivative of Jessica (Hebrew) and Jessie (Hebrew).
Associated with: gracious.
Jess has 1 variant: Jas.
40 more related forms via Jane, Jasmine, Jessica, Jessie: Gene▼, Jan▼, Jana▼, Janessa▲, Janis▼, Jany, Jean▼, Jecca, Jenda, Jeni, Jenie, Jesaca, Jesca, Jesica, Jesika, Jeslyn, Jessa▲, Jessaca, Jessah, Jessaka, Jessamy, Jessana, Jessca, Jesscia, Jesse▼, Jesseca, Jessey, Jessi, Jessia, Jessika▼, Jessina, Jessiya, Jesslyn, Jessy, Jessyca, Jessye, Jessyka, Jesyka, Joan▼ and Joni▼.Creative forms:
(female) Jass, Jesa, ..
(male) Jece, Jessni, .. Middle name pairings:
Jess Nathalie (J.N.), ..
How popular is Jess?
Jess is an uncommon given name for females but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#16829 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Jess reached its highest position of #1398 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source forms and related girl names. Gene, Jan, Jana (#1011 last year), Jane (#288), Janessa (#721), Janis, Jasmine (#112), Jean, Jeni, Jesica, Jesika, Jeslyn, Jessa (#546), Jesse, Jesseca, Jessi, Jessica (#206), Jessie (#617), Jessika, Jesslyn, Jessy, Jessye, Joan (#1990) and Joni are the popular variation forms of Jess. These relations of Jess were at the peak of their popularity 3 decades ago (median #1250) and are now significantly less conventional (#1579, 89.5% less usage), with forms like Jessie becoming less trendy. Janessa and Jessa are two of the more fashionable baby names among these.
Jess is pronounced similarly to Joss and Joyse. Other suggested similar names are Bess▼, Cass, Ess, Janess, Je-, Jeh, Jemsa, Jen, Jena▼, Jenn, Jere, Jeri▼, Jery, Jesusa, Jeth, Jett, Jey, Josy, Kass, Ross and Tess. These names tend to be more commonly used than Jess.See names in meaning and etymology.