User comments for Jesse (Meaning / History Only)

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
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 have heard that the name Jesse means "God IS", that's why I named my son Jesse!
spirituality  6/2/2009
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
[-- 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
I just wanted to add that the Dutch name Jesse's origin is actually Frysian, and not Hebrew. Jesse comes from the old Frysian name Ese, which in turn may be linked to Asen, which comes from old Germanic mythology.
In Dutch it is pronounced "yes-uh" and also a boy's name.
Jetze  8/15/2015

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