What does Jesse mean?
Jesse \j(es)-se\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Jesse) is pronounced JESS-ee. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jesse is "the Lord exists". Biblical: the shepherd father of King David. Jessie is also used for girls. The similar-sounding Jesiah is a variant of Joshua. Athlete Jesse Owens; politician Jesse Jackson; outlaw Jesse James.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Jessamine.
Jesse has 1 feminine form: Jessie.
Jesse is a very prominent first name for men (#89 out of 1220, Top 7%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#8202 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Jesse for boys. Jesse reached its top position of #28 in the U.S. then, and is presently at #174. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Joshua (#25 a year ago), Josue (#269), Jessie (#809), Joshuah, Jessy, Jess and Josh are the popular variation forms of Jesse (#174 a year ago). These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 0.5444%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.3404%, down 37.5%), with the forms Jessie, Josh, Jessy and Jess becoming less fashionable. Joshua (#25) and Josue (#269) are two of the more chic names for newborns in this list, and there is also a revival in baby name usage for Joshua. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Jesse and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)