What does Jessica mean?
Jessica /jes-si-ca/ as a girls' name is pronounced JESS-a-kah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jessica is "He sees". 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. Singer Jessica Simpson; actresses Jessica Lange, Jessica Tandy, Jessica Alba, Jessica Capshaw, Sarah Jessica Parker.
Jessica▲ has 41 variants: Jassica, Jecca, Jesaca, Jesca, Jesenia, Jesica▼, Jesicca, Jesika, Jess, Jessa, Jessaca, Jessah, Jessaka, Jessalin, Jessalyn, Jessamyn, Jessca, Jesscia, Jesse▼, Jesseca, Jessey, Jessia, Jessicia, Jessicka, Jessie▼, Jessika▼, Jessiqua, Jessiya, Jessy, Jessyca, Jessyka, Jesyka, Jezeca, Jezica, Jezika, Jezyca, Jyssika, Lajessica, Tessica, Tjessica and Yessica.
Related girl name: Jessenia.Kreatif forms: Jasica, Jessija, Jessiza. [more]
How popular is Jessica?
Jessica is a very prominent first name for women (#26 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#78549 out of 150436, Top 52%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Jessica for girls. Jessica reached its top position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #179. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Jessica (#179 2 years ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Jesenia, Jesica, Jessa (#849 2 years ago), Jesse, Jessenia, Jessie (#587) and Jessika. Adoption of these relations of Jessica reached its peak in 1990 (usage of 0.3375%) and is somewhat lower today (usage 0.1731%, 48.7% less). Jessica is more ubiquitous than the rest, while Jesica, Jesse, Jessie and Jessika used to be popular. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Jessica and associated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Jessina. This name tends to be less commonly used than Jessica.