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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 has 8 variant forms: Jessa, Jessah, Jessey, Jessi, Jessia, Jessiya, Jessy, Jessye.


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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jesse name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jesse outside U.S.

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).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jessa, Jesse, Jessi, Jessica, Jessie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jessa, Jesse, Jessica, Jessie outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jesse is also pronounced similarly to Josee and Josie. Other suggested similar baby names are Jesca, Jess, Jessca, Joss and Joyse. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jesse.