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What does Jess mean?

Jess Pronunciation of Jess [jess] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Jess) is of Hebrew origin, and the name Jess means "the Lord exists". Jess is a variant form of Jesse (Hebrew).


4 alternative forms via Jesse: Jesiah, Jessey, Jessie and Jessy.

Creative forms:
(male) Jass, Juss, ..

(female) Jesa, Jesi, ..

Middle name pairings:
Jess Mylo (J.M.), ..

How popular is Jess?

Jess is a very popular first name for males (#509 out of 1220, Top 42%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#16829 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Jess reached its peak rank of #119 in the U.S. in the 1880s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent alternative forms of Jess are Jesse (#178 in 2015), Jessie (#918), Jesiah (#1105), Jessy and Jessey. Usage of these forms of Jess was widespread 135 years ago (adoption of 0.82%) and has become significantly reduced since (adoption 0.14%, 82.6%), with versions like Jessie becoming somewhat outmoded.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jess, Jesiah, Jesse, Jessey, Jessie, Jessy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jess is pronounced similarly to Jace, Jase, Jazz, Joos and Joss. Other suggested similar names are Cass, Chess, Guss, Je-, Jean, Jeb, Jed, Jedd, Jeff, Jeh, Jehu, Jem, Jeno, Jens, Jere, Jerk, Jesous, Jessop, Jessup, Jesus, Jet, Jeth, Jett, Jose, Josh, Just, Kass, Moss, Otess, Ross and Russ. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jess.

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