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PronouncedPron.JAS-pər English
YAHS-pər Dutch

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.
VariantsCasper, Kasper Dutch Caspar, Gaspar Judeo-Christian Legend
DiminutiveCas Dutch
Other Languages & CulturesCasper, 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   Contribute