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Gender: F Origin of Jessa: Short form of Jessica Jessa's Popularity in 2015: #546

Once rare, this streamlined form of Jessica has been boosted by two very different television figures: the Jemima Kirke character on HBO series Girls, and reality television daughter Jessa Duggar.

Jessa is far less familiar than former favorite Jessica, a name now solidly in mom-name territory in the US. And yet, it might be too soon for Jessa to feel fresh. Jessamy or Jessamine might be more promising alternatives.

Famous People Named Jessa

Jessa Lauren (Duggar) Seewald, 5th child (3rd daughter) of the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting's Duggar family
Jessa Furches, member of family duet FurchesTwins with sister Gwynne
Jessa Crispin, American literary critic

Pop Culture References for the name Jessa

Jessa Johansson, character on HBO's "Girls"