JESSE
GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יִשַׁי (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: JES-ee (English), YES-sÉ™ (Dutch)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יִשַׁי (Yishay) which possibly means "gift". Jesse is the father of King David in the Old Testament. It began to be used as an English given name after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer of this name 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)
Popularity
United States  ranked #158 
England/Wales  ranked #198 
Canada (BC)  - 
Australia (NSW)  ranked #92 
Finland  - 
Netherlands  ranked #9 
New Zealand  ranked #74