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Gender: M Meaning of Jasper: "bringer of treasure" Origin of Jasper: Persian Jasper's Popularity in 2013: #248

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Jasper has a lot going for it -- in the past years it shot up 112 places and is still rising, after long being considered a hip and charming name in England. Distinctly masculine, Jasper represents a variety of quartz--one of the few gem names for boys-- and is the first name of the great modern artist Jasper Johns. Our only caveat: Jasper is a favorite of a lot of hip parents, and will also be picked up through its strong appearance in the Twilight books and movies.

Jasper is the usual English form for one of the Three Wise Men who brought gifts to the infant Christ according to medieval tradition, and appears in the Bible as a reference to the stone itself in Revelations 4:3.

Jasper has considerable literary cred as well, appearing in works by Sir Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, Thackeray, and Thomas Hardy--as well as Stephenie Meyer.

Casper/Caspar is the German version.

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Famous People Named Jasper

Jasper Johns, American artist
Jasper Francis Cropsey, 19th c. American artist
Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniels, founder of Jack Daniels whiskey
Jasper Tudor, one of the founders of the Tudor dynasty
Jasper Warren (b. 2009), son of Kimberly and Brad Paisley
Jasper Carrott, English actor/comedian
Jasper Fforde, English novelist

Pop Culture References for the Name Jasper

Jasper Whitlock/Hale, character in the Twilight Saga
Jasper, family dog in TV's 'Bachelor Father' (1957)
Jasper Gein, a character in the video game "Silent Hill 4"
Jasper Badun, one of Cruella's henchmen in Disney's 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians'
'Jasper,' term for a wasp in southern England
Jasper "Jax" Jacks, character on soap opera "General Hospital' portrayed off-and-on by actor Ingo Rademacher
Jasper Bernard, character in movie "Trust the Man"
Jasper Dale, a character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
Jasper Beardly, character on TV's "The Simpsons"
"Jasper Jones," novel by Craig Silvie
Jasper Black, character in movie "Incendiary"
"Jasper," short puppet film series by George Pal
Jasper, Brian the dog's cousin on TV's "Family Guy"
"Jasper," song by Jim Stafford
"Jasper," song by Kaela Kimura

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