Given Name JESSICA

GENDER: Feminine
PRONOUNCED: JES-i-kə (English), ZHE-SEE-KA (French), YE-see-ka (German)  [details]

Meaning & History

This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH, which would have been spelled Jescha in his time. It was not commonly used as a given name until the middle of the 20th century. Notable bearers include actresses Jessica Tandy (1909-1994) and Jessica Lange (1949-).
VARIANTS: Jessika (English), Jessika (German), Gessica (Italian), Yessica (Spanish)
DIMINUTIVES: Jess, Jessa, Jessi, Jessie, Jessye, Jessalyn (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Iscah, Jescha (Biblical), Yiskah (Biblical Hebrew), Iekika (Hawaiian), Jéssica (Portuguese)


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Entry updated July 2, 2017