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What does Jesse mean?

Jesse Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: biblical, king.


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

Related boy name: Jessamine.

4 more different relations via Joshua: Josh, Joss, Josua and Josue.

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)

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

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

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.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jessy, Josh, Joshua, Josua, Josue in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended 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.

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