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What does Jessica mean?

Jessica Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old, testament (biblical), young, jewish (israeli).


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.

Creative forms:
(female) Jisica, Jusica, ..

(male) Jessian, Jessir, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jessica Camila (J.C.), ..

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. Demographics)

Jessica reached its top position of #1 in the U.S. in the year 1995, and is currently at #206. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jessica name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Jessica (#206 via latest list) appearing in the Top 2000 are Jesenia, Jesica, Jesika, Jess, Jessa (#546 via latest list), Jessalyn (#1816), Jesse, Jesseca, Jessenia, Jessie (#617), Jessika, Jessy and Yessica. Usage of these relations of Jessica reached its peak 35 years ago (usage of 3.7%) and is now much less (usage 0.2%, 96% less), with versions such as Jessica becoming less stylish. Jessica is more ubiquitous than the rest, although Jessa seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jessica, Jesenia, Jesica, Jesika, Jess in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jessa, Jessalyn, Jesse, Jesseca, Jessenia in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jessie, Jessika, Jessy, Yessica in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aerica, Cedrica, Denica, Derica, Derrica, Dusica, Gerica, Gerrica, Heroica, Jamaica, Janessia (see Janice), Janica, Jarica, Jarrica, Jasmina, Jeanice, Jeanina, Jeddida, Jedida, Jelina, Jelisa, Jemaica, Jemila, Jemima, Jemsa, Jenica, Jenice, Jenika, Jenina, Jenita, Jennica, Jennice, Jennika, Jennita, Jensina, Jensine, Jerica, Jerika, Jerrica, Jerrika, Jesenya, Jesirae, Jessamae, Jessamy, Jessana, Jessi, Jessilyn, Jessina, Jesslyn, Jesstina, Jessye, Jestina, Jestine, Jesusa, Josina, Justice, Justina, Meica, Messina, Mystica, Nenica, Nennica (see Neneca), Nessia, Terica, Tessia, Verica, Yesseca (see Yessica) and Yessika. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jessica.

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