What does Jessica mean?
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 (#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 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 (usage of 0.3375%) and is now much less (usage 0.1731%, down 48.7%), with the versions Jesica, Jesse, Jessie and Jessika becoming less stylish. Jessica (#179) is the most fashionable birth name in this list, and there is a rekindling in baby name usage for this name. 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.