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Meaning and name origin

Jesse \j(es)-se\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 variant forms: Jess, Jessey, Jesiah, Jessie, Jessy and Yishai.

For more information, see also the related boy name Jessamine.

There is 1 feminine form of Jesse: Jessie.


Jesse is a very popular first name for males (#89 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#7272 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jesse for boys (2015 statistics).

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

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jesse and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jess, Jesse, Jessie, Jessy and Joshua. (2015 statistics).

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

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

Similar Names

Jesse is also pronounced similarly to Josue. Other suggested similar baby names are Jase, Jose and Joss. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jesse.


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