What does Jasper mean?
Jasper /ja-sper/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced JAS-per. It is of Greek origin. Variant of Caspar or Gaspar. Possibly (Persian) "treasure keeper". Jasper is also a semiprecious gemstone, harder than glass, and red or reddish brown. Biblical: the jasper mentioned in the Book of Revelation actually may refer to a diamond. Painter Jasper Johns.
How popular is Jasper?
Jasper is a very popular first name for men (#553 out of 1220, Top 45%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3576 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Jasper for boys. Jasper was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #166 in the U.S. then, and is currently at #218. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent variation forms of Jasper (#218 in 2014) appearing in the Top 1000 are Kacper, Jesper and Casper. These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.3588%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.1955%, 45.5% less), with the version Casper becoming less trendy. Jasper (#218) is the most trendy birth name here, with this name undergoing a resurgence in popularity. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of Jasper and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
A suggested similar baby name is Kasper. This name tends to be less commonly used than Jasper.