Given Name JASPER

GENDER: Masculine
PRONOUNCED: JAS-pər (English), YAHS-pər (Dutch)  [details]

Meaning & History

From Latin Gaspar, perhaps from the biblical Hebrew word גִּזְבָּר (gizbar) meaning "treasurer", derived from Persian ganzabara. This name was traditionally assigned to one of the wise men (also known as the Magi, or three kings) who were said to have visited the newborn Jesus. It has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages. The name can also be given in reference to the English word for the gemstone.
VARIANTS: Casper, Kasper (Dutch), Caspar, Gaspar (Judeo-Christian Legend)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Casper, Jesper, Kasper (Danish), Gaspard (French), Kaspar (German), Gáspár, Gazsi (Hungarian), Gaspare, Gasparo (Italian), Kaspars (Latvian), Kasparas (Lithuanian), Casper, Kasper (Norwegian), Kacper (Polish), Gaspar (Portuguese), Gašper (Slovene), Gaspar (Spanish), Casper, Jesper, Kasper (Swedish)


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Entry updated July 11, 2018