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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.


Jesse has 6 variants: Jesiah, Jess, Jessey, Jessie, Jessy and Yishai.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Jessamine.

Jesse has 9 more different forms via Joshua: Jehoshua, Josh, Joshuah, Joss, Josua, Josue, Joushua, Jozua and Yehoshua.

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jesse name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jess, Jesse, Jessie, Jessy, Josh, Joshua, Joshuah, Josue in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jesse, Josh, Joshua outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended similar baby names are Jase and Jose. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jesse.