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 information, 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 (#7272 out of 88799, Top 8%). (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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of Jesse and corresponding names. 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) rated in the Top 1000. This boy name was at the height of its popularity during the years 1980-1989 and has become significantly less popular since, 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, with Joshua undergoing a revival in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)