What does Jesse mean?
Jesse [jesse] 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.
Related boy name: Jessamine.
Jesse has 1 feminine form: Jessie.Creative forms:
(male) Jesme, Juse, ..
(female) Jesie, Jesni, .. Middle name pairings:
Jesse Andreas (J.A.), ..
How popular is Jesse?
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)
Jesse reached its top position of #28 in the U.S. in the 1880s, and is presently at #178. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Joshua (#33 via latest list), Josue (#271), Jessie (#918), Jesiah (#1105), Josh (#1413), Jess, Josua, Jessey and Jessy are the popular variation forms of Jesse (#178 via latest list). These forms of Jesse were popular as baby names 4 decades ago (average #852) and have become significantly less popular since (#1191, ▼73%), with forms such as Jessie falling out of fashion.
Similar NamesRecommended names are Janse, Jase, Jens, Jensen▲, Jerae, Jere, Jerre, Jesper, Jessop, Jessup, Jesus, Jette, Jose, Juste, Reese and Rosse. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jesse.See names in meaning and etymology.