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Jesse meaning and name origin
Jesse \j(es)-se\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Jesse), has the meaning "He sees" and 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.
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Popularity of Jesse
Jesse is a very popular first name for females (#1044 out of 4276) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7272 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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