Jesper is the main protagonist of the critically acclaimed animated Christmas film "Klaus". He's portrayed as a spoiled and selfish postman who learns compassion and selflessness when teaming up with a lonely woodsman named Klaus to begin the Santa Claus tradition.
Usage: Danish, Swedish, Finnish, Norwegian (Rare)

Pronounced: YEHS-bu (Danish), YEHS-peh (Swedish), YEH-spehr (Finnish)

Meaning: Danish and Swedish form of Gaspar (see JASPER).
Jesper is also used in the Netherlands, at least since the beginning of the 20th century. It took until the early 1980s that the name really started to become popular over there, though. Now there are nearly 5000 Dutchmen who have the name as a first name ("eerste naam") and nearly 800 who have the name as a middle name ("volgnaam").

Also, the Dutch pronunciation is the same as the Danish one: YES-pər.

Notable Dutch bearers of the name include the professional racing cyclist Jesper Asselman (b. 1990) and the professional soccer players Jesper Drost (b. 1993) and Jesper Verlaat (b. 1996).

For more information, please see:

- (in Dutch; shows the prevalence of the name in the Netherlands in 2014)
- (in Dutch; shows the prevalence of the name in Belgium in 2009)
- Jesper Asselman: (in English)
- Jesper Drost: (in English)
- Jesper Verlaat: (in English)
- (general):
* (lists only bearers living in Belgium)
* (lists only bearers living in the Netherlands).
Jesper is the name of Hannah Relf's marmoset dæmon in Philip Pullman's 'The Book of Dust'.
Jesper Fahey is one of the main characters in Leigh Bardugo's Six of Crows duology.
Also used in Sweden. [noted -ed]
Jesper Kyd is a prominent video game music composer from Denmark, who has won many industry awards for his work.
This name is also used in Norway.
This is probably of little interest to people outside Norway, but in the tale about Kardemommeby (cardamomtown) by the Norwegian author Thorbjørn Egner, there are three thieves named Kasper, Jesper and Jonathan.
Another famous bearer of this name was the cub of Elsa the lioness from the film Born Free. He was was featured in the film Living Free.
A famous Jesper is Jesper Parnevik, golf-player.
Jeppe is a common pet name (in Sweden).
This name is pronounced 'Yes-per'.

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