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Meaning and Name Origin

Jessica \j(e)-ssi-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.

For more on this name, see also the related girl name Jessenia.


Jessica is a very prominent first name for women (#26 out of 4276, Top 1%) and a slightly less prominent surname for all people (#83290 out of 88799, Top 94%). (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)

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

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

Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Jessica and associated names. Prominent variation forms of Jessica (#179 a year ago) appearing in the Top 1000 are Jesenia, Jesica, Jessa (#849 a year ago), Jesse, Jessenia, Jessie (#587) and Jessika. Adoption of these girl names reached its peak in 1990 and is now much less, with the versions Jesica, Jesse, Jessie and Jessika becoming less stylish. Jessica (#179) is the most fashionable birth name in this list, with this name enjoying a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jesenia, Jesica, Jessa, Jesse, Jessenia, Jessica, Jessie, Jessika in U.S.

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

Similar Names

A suggested similar baby name is Jessina. This name tends to be less commonly used than Jessica.