Jesse
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Given Name JESSE
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִשַׁי (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: JES-ee (English), YES-sə (Dutch)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יִשַׁי (Yishay) which possibly means "gift". In the Old Testament Jesse is the father of King David. It began to be used as an English given name after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was Jesse James (1847-1882), an American outlaw who held up banks and stagecoaches. He was eventually shot by a fellow gang member for a reward. Another famous bearer was the American athlete Jesse Owens (1913-1980), whose real name was James Cleveland (or J. C.) Owens.
Related Names
VARIANT: Jessie (English)
DIMINUTIVE: Jess (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Yishai (Biblical Hebrew), Yishai (Hebrew)
USER SUBMISSION: Jesse
Popularity
United States  ranked #178 
England and Wales  ranked #110 
Canada (BC)  - 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #99 
Finland  - 
Netherlands  ranked #10 
New Zealand  ranked #97