Meaning and name origin
Jesse \j(es)-se\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Jesse), is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jesse is "He sees". Jesse 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.
There is 1 masculine form of Jesse: Jessamine.
Jesse is a very popular first name for females (#1044 out of 4276, Top 24%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7272 out of 88799, Top 8%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jesse for girls. Jesse reached its highest rank of #607 in the U.S. in 1995. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Jesse 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).