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What does Jesse mean?

Jesse Pronunciation of 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


VARIANTS Jess, Jessey, Jesiah, Jessie, Jessy, Yishai

SEE ALSO Jessamine

OTHER FORMS VIA JOSHUA Josh, Joss, Josua, Josue


(male) Juse, ..

(female) Jesie, ..

Jesse Presley (J.P.), ..

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 #185. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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?

Joshua (#41 VIA LATEST LIST), Josue (#225), Jesiah (#979), Jessie (#1109), Josh (#1514), Jess, Jessey, Jessy and Josua are the popular variation forms of Jesse (#185). These forms of Jesse were popular as baby names 4 decades ago (AVERAGE #852) and have become significantly less popular since (#1205, 76%), with forms such as Jessie falling out of fashion. Jesse has been the most prominent, although Jesiah seems to be gaining favor too.

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 sound-alike 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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