Meaning and name origin
Jessa \j(es)-sa\ as a girl's name is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jessa is "He sees". Jessa is a variant of Jessica (Hebrew): coined by Shakespeare (from the Old Testament Iscah or Jesca) in "The Merchant of Venice" for Shylock's daughter, a young Jewish woman who elopes with Lorenzo and converts to Christianity. Also a variant of Jessie (Hebrew): pet form of Jessica, also recorded in Scotland from an early date as a pet form of Jean and diminutive of Janet.
Jessa is not a popular first name for females and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jessa for girls (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jessa and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jessica (#179), Jessie (#587), Jessa (#849), Jessi and Jesse. (2014 statistics).