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It is not quite correct that the Hebrew name Yishay (or, as I spell it, "Ishai") stands for "gift". The Hebrew word for gift is "Shay" (pronounced exactly like "shy"), which is also a very common name, but rather a modern one which has no known relation to biblical Jesse (or Yishay). The name "Yishay" is commonly explained as being the initials of the phrase "Gather together tribes of Israel" (in Hebrew: "Yachad Shivtey Israel". Yishay is a three letters name). This explanation is based on the fact that Yishay/Jesse was the father of King David who gathered all tribes of Israel into one kingdom.
-- ishai  4/2/2005
It was the name of a character on Full House.
-- arrowhead909  8/27/2005
Jesse is a hot name for a guy!
-- ashleyismyname  12/8/2005
Uncle Jesse was a character on the T.V. show "The Dukes of Hazzard."
-- breakofday  12/21/2005
OMG! I think that Jesse McCartney is SO cute! :)
-- Anonymous User  1/13/2006
Jesse is also a Finnish male name, but the pronunciation is YES-se ("e" like in end).
-- Anonymous User  1/30/2006
The way Jesse is spelled it shouldn't just be a guys name. My name is Jesse and I'm a girl. People who think it's a guy's name are wrong. So it should be changed to both masculine & feminine.
-- jessemae_13  2/10/2006
I agree that this name should be listed as masculine and feminine. There are at least two girls at my school that spell it this way.
-- CharlieRob  5/5/2007
My name is Jesse. It's a name that I secretly hated as kid because it wasn't common. But now I love it because one eventually grows into their name and one's name becomes them. It is a small part of me but it represents all of me. I am Jesse.
-- asageaspa  2/16/2006
Jesse is a great name for a boy, one he can easily grow up with.
-- Anonymous User  4/26/2006
I really like this name (for a boy of course) and I also love the song "Jesse's Girl".
-- Mommy2B  5/30/2006
My name is Jesse, and I have to say that I really do like having this name. I didn't like it at first, when I was little, but now that I am almost 17, I feel that this name really fits me. It is a great name.
-- JesseJames23  6/1/2006
Jesse makes a better masculine name than feminine. The name seems like it would fit a strong/noble male and for females, it brings to mind of a preteen tomboy.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2006
There's a girl in my French class who's name is Jesse. And she does spell it Jesse and not Jessie.
-- Anonymous User  6/18/2006
I know of a boy named Jessiah, which I guess is a blend of the name Jesse and the name Josiah.
-- Anonymous User  8/30/2006
I am a girl and my name is Jesse, spelled JESSE and I like it because no one else has it and it's cute. I've never found anyone to think of me as tomboyish. Many people I meet think it's just a nickname for Jessica. Also, Jessie was a popular name for girls in the Victorian era, I hope it comes back.
-- Anonymous User  9/11/2006
To me, Jesse is a VERY SEXY name for a man!
-- Anonymous User  9/14/2006
Bob Dylan and Sara Lownd's son's name is Jesse.
-- Anonymous User  10/29/2006
Jesse Tuck is from the book and movie 'Tuck Everlasting'.
-- caity-bear915  11/9/2006
There is an author named Jesse Kellerman.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Jesse sounds best used on a boy. I think Jessie is better for a girl though.
The use on Full House for Elvis and hair obsessive Uncle Jesse killed any chance of me ever really liking this name.
-- Missy  1/8/2007
Jesse is the nickname of Hector de Silva, the ghostly hero of Meg Cabot's "Mediator" series.
-- Lomesir  1/26/2007
Jesse Spencer is an Australian actor.
-- SnarkySnark  1/26/2007
There's a song called "Jesse" sung by Carly Simon.
-- carly_89  2/5/2007
My cousin's name is Jesse Aaron. I think that that sounds really cool and, for the most part, fits him perfectly.
-- Anonymous User  2/24/2007
Jesse Metcalfe acted in Desperate Housewives as Eva Longoria's secret lover, in real life he is Nadine Coyle's (of Girls Aloud) lover! Very sexy! Him and the name!
-- lacey24  2/28/2007
And I think Jesse is a name for male and female, I don't know any females with this name but my mate is called Jessica and we all call her Jesse. It is for both genders.
-- lacey24  2/28/2007
My father used this as a nickname, instead of Philip - he used Jesse because our last name is James and he was a rebel. I don't know that I would name my child this but it is a good name.
-- alyse88  3/25/2007
Law & Order and Rent actor Jesse L. Martin.
-- catie-beth  4/6/2007
Jesse Hooper is the guitarist of Australian rock band Killing Heidi.
-- Anonymous User  4/23/2007
Jesse Owens' real name was J.C, but someone thought he said Jesse, so the name stuck.
-- bibi66  5/13/2007
Jesse has always been a male name; its origins are of course biblical. On this basis I can't understand why some people think it should be unisex. Jess or Jessie for a girl is usually a short form of Jessica. Jesse for a girl looks so wrong and very downmarket.
-- Anonymous User  6/27/2007
Jesse Ghrylls is the name of the host of Man Vs. Wild, Bear Ghrylls's son. His other son's name is Marmaduke.
-- rv14142  7/18/2007
A famous bearer is Jesse Jackson. He is a professional civil rights activist.
-- Nerd  9/27/2007
Jesse is the child of Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood and American novelist Molly McGrann.
-- scholasticastewart  11/11/2007
Jesse Lacey is the lead guitarist, vocalist, and lyricist for the band Brand New.
-- pandasayscynical  12/23/2007
I really don't see what all the hype is about this name. Personally, I think it sounds too trendy and androgynous. Not that I think all men should be super macho or anything, it just doesn't quite ring nicely to me.
-- ICEyun  1/6/2008
A famous bearer was American playwright Jesse Lynch Williams (1871-1929). He won the first Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1918 for his play "Why Marry?".
-- AndrewJKD  3/15/2008
Wasn't the boy on Free Willie called Jesse?
-- wednesday210  5/3/2008
To tell you the truth, this name always makes me think about aggressive, über-masculine guys who are dumber than a box of rocks and either wind up becoming criminals, loud-mouthed radio station hosts, wacky athletes, or Republican congressmen, so I'm not big on the name.
-- slight night shiver  6/9/2008
Jesse is also used in Finland, where it is pronounced YES-se. The name day is 13.8.
-- ToveTer  9/14/2008
Jesse is my favorite character in 'My Sister's Keeper.' He's a 'bad boy', by that I mean drinks, smokes, and does drugs. He turns good in the end. He's actually a sweetheart when it comes to his sister.
-- mytimenow  11/14/2008
Jesse can be a female name to.
-- Meralissa  3/12/2009
Famous bearer of this name is the hottie singer Jesse McCartney!
-- kool_babe14  5/8/2009
I have heard that the name Jesse means "God IS", that's why I named my son Jesse!
-- spirituality  6/2/2009
Famous bearer is Jesse James.
-- cheyennesn  6/23/2009
Don Knotts' real first name was Jesse.
-- slinkyobsession  7/29/2009
I don't like this name. It sounds girly and will lead to bad Jesse James jokes. Even worse, the association with the ghastly Jesse Jackson has ruined this name for me.
-- bananarama  9/26/2009
Jesse Ball (b.1978) is an American poet and novelist. He is the author of "Samedi the Deafness" and "The Way Through Doors."
-- sweetcola  6/1/2010
Jesse Oliver Aarons. A character from the book, Bridge to Terrabitha. I personally didn’t like the book (hated it), but I love the name!
-- Myth Writer Dreamer  7/1/2010
Jesse Cook, famous musician playing guitar.
Songs include "Down like rain" and "May be".
-- orso  4/6/2011
I remember going to school with a guy whose given name was Justin but he went by Jesse. I always found that interesting because I never would've guessed that the two names had some sort of connection.

Anyway, I think that Jesse sounds both sweet and masculine at the same time (much like Uncle Jesse from Full House, if you will). I like it!
-- mrose19  5/11/2011
Jesse Williams is an American actor.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2011
I hate this name for a boy! It is a girls name! You people are mad calling your child after a girl...
-- Anonymous User  2/9/2012
I know one person with this name and he's kind of a jerk, but I still think this is a really cool, masculine name that's been consistently popular, and doesn't really sound girly to me, although of course Jessie does.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2013
This name was strictly and completely masculine long before it started being used on girls. People who think it's only a female's name are obviously confused and just wrong; it was of completely masculine origin when the Bible was written. I've also known three Jesse's and they have all been guys. I prefer "Jessie" on a girl.
-- Anonymous User  3/6/2013
The comments I've read for this name are almost unbearable. My name is Jesse, and I am here to tell you about my name.

Jesse was of Hebrew origin thousands of years before it was used by another group, including Finland. As Catholic Christianity spread, so too did biblical names and various kingdoms in Europe each adapted these biblical names to fit their own languages.

I cannot stress this enough; Jesse has been and always will be a MASCULINE name, though at some point in time, I reckon closer to the modern age, some moron decided to put an "i" in the name and thought he could name his daughter "Jessie". The ancient Hebrews in the land of Israel would have seen girls with the obvious male name of Jesse as something degrading and offensive.

This being said, some people with poor translation skills would have you believe that Jesse translates to "gift" or "wealthy". However this translation is wrong and takes away from what it really means. The name "Jesse" translates into "God Is". A paraphrase of this meaning fitted more to the modern age would be "God exists", but this paraphrase is not the same. In ancient times, very exalted or powerful names were more like expressions of self. Hence the bible quoting God as saying in Genesis I believe, "I am what I am".

Jesus also said to a crowd when He spoke of Abraham, "Before Abraham, I am!" This was to say that before Abraham was even alive two thousand something years prior, Jesus existed back then as he did in that present time. The name "Jesse" which translates into "God Is" is the very same kind of exalting description. It is an expression of God's power, authority, and sovereignty over all things; a declaration of God's glory and majesty, and one of the highest declarations in all of the Hebrew language and of biblical names. It can also refer to God's eternity and infinite being, as the name credits God as "God Is", rather than "God was" or "God will be", and thus stating that "God Is" is a reference to God's never-changing, always constant nature, that He is outside of time and exists all at once in past, present, and future.

This aside, stop giving your daughters an obviously male name as it sounds incredibly stupid to anyone who knows their Hebrew and it is offensive to some. Don't butcher this truly ancient name by adding in an extra letter to distinguish the supposed "female" side, as there never was a female side.
-- Jarus  4/15/2013
The significance of any given name, Biblical especially, is the MEANING of the name itself; NOT the gender of whom holds the name.
The comments on the Hebrew MEANING and ORIGIN of the name are correct. However, the commentary given concerning gender grossly lacks understanding, and basically everything else regarding the name Jesse- including the 'insight'(which is actually a lack thereof) to the English form.

And this is coming from one who most definitely 'KNOWS their Hebrew'.

I could go on and on in extreme depth, but my point is this:

Whether male OR female - if you bear the name Jesse, be not ashamed.
Enjoy your name, as well as the blessed meaning.
-- Jesse.  4/23/2013
[-- Jarus 4/15/2013... Right on!]

My name is Jesse. And I am a proud man who has a profound name created 1154 BC.

How was the name Jesse originally spelled in Greek? Was the first Jesse a man? Well, the original spelling in Hebrew was Yishai. Yishai was the son of Obed as documented in the book of 1 Samuel of the Old Testament. Both referenced names are of men.

Yishai's youngest son David became King of Israel. Both referenced names are of men.

Yishai or Jesse is a significant member in the genealogy of Jesus Christ of the New Testament.

It is innate for people to create change of anything and everything for better or for worse.

Other spellings pronounced like Jesse were simply contrived sometime after 1900, I suppose.

Many people are oblivious to the original spelling of a man’s name created 1154 BC. Or perhaps they just prefer to obscure the spelling as a form of "name reformation".

Note, that I have authored a screenwriting for a short movie about this very topic. It is copyright 2013.

It is a fun and delightful story called "The De facto Spelling". I hope it will be produced in movie form within two years by a professional movie making staff.

Of course, the gender matters. On this side, we are canal thinking beings. The Holy Bible is clear about this profound name... of a man!

Now you know the truth!
-- americansir  12/26/2013
One of the very few names that can sound both masculine and feminine (and no, Madison, Taylor, Morgan, and all those other trendy surnames turned girl names don't count). For girls it only makes sense to spell it Jessie, which I think is adorable as a nickname for Jessica or a name on its own. For guys, Jesse sounds super masculine and quite attractive :)
-- Anonymous User  6/4/2013
In the book 18, Peter's wealthy, fun-loving and womanizing friend is named Jesse.
-- Anonymous User  7/15/2013
Jesse Carmichael plays keyboard for Maroon 5. Personally, I think this name is ruggedly handsome and perfect for any age :)
-- Oohvintage  8/9/2013
I don't like the name Jesse. It sounds too girly and identical to "Jessie".
-- LoveHeartKawaii  10/27/2014

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