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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.
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).
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