"bringer of treasure"

Jasper Origin and Meaning

The name Jasper is a boy's name of Persian origin meaning "bringer of treasure".

Jasper originated as a variation of the Latin Gaspar, which ultimately derived from the Persian word ganzabara, meaning "bringer of treasure." As a given name, Jasper’s etymology is unrelated to that of the gemstone, which comes from a Semitic word meaning "speckled stone." 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 a lot going for it—it's been rocketing up the ranks in the US, after long being considered a posh 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 has gotten even more popular since its strong appearance in the Twilight books and movies.

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 CarrottEnglish actor/comedian
  • Jasper JohnsAmerican artist
  • Jasper Francis CropseyAmerican artist
  • Jasper Newton "Jack" DanielsAmerican founder of Jack Daniels whiskey
  • Jasper Tudorone of the founders of the Tudor dynasty
  • Jasper PääkkönenFinnish actor
  • Jasper Alexander Thirlby ConranEnglish designer
  • Jasper FfordeEnglish novelist
  • Jasper Robards (b. 1990)son of actors Sam Robards and Suzy Amis
  • Jasper Armstrong Marsalis (b. 1995)son of trumpeter Wynton Marsalis and actress Victoria Rowell
  • Jasper William Oliver CableAlexander (b. 1998), son of Antony Armstrong Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon
  • Jasper Trinneer (b. 2005)son of actor Connor Trinneer
  • Jasper Smith (b. 2009)son of rugby leaguer Cameron Smith
  • Jasper Warren Paisley (b. 2009)son of singer Brad Paisley and Kimberly Williams,Paisley
  • Jasper Michael Brown Quintana Bloomberg (b. 2013)son of equestrians Georgina Bloomberg and Ramiro Quintana; grandson of politician Michael Bloomberg
  • Jasper Chan (b. 2013)son of actors Jordan Chan and Cherrie Ying

Jasper in Pop Culture

  • Jasper Whitlock/Halecharacter in the Twilight Saga
  • Jasperfamily dog in TV's 'Bachelor Father' (1957)
  • Jasper Badunhenchman in Disney's 'One Hundred and One Dalmatians'
  • 'Jasper' term for a wasp in southern England
  • Jasper "Jax" Jackscharacter on American soap opera "General Hospital'
  • Jasper Dunlopcharacter on Nickelodeon's TV series "Henry Danger"
  • Jasper Bernardcharacter in movie "Trust the Man"
  • Jasper Dalea character on TV's "Road to Avonlea"
  • Jasper Beardlycharacter on TV's "The Simpsons"
  • "Jasper Jones" novel by Craig Silvie
  • Jasper Jordancharacter in The 100 series
  • Jasper Jr.character in Carl Hiaasen's "Flush"
  • Jaspercharacter from web comic "Lost Nightmare"
  • Jasper Bloomcharacter in film "The Holiday"
  • "Jasper" short puppet film series by George Pal
  • "Jasper" song by Jim Stafford
  • "Jasper" song by Kaela Kimura
  • Jasper Kaylockcharacter in webcomic "The Glass Scientists"
  • JasperGed's rival in Ursula K. Le Guin's "A Wizard of Earthsea"
  • Jaspercharacter on TV's "The Last Man on Earth"
  • Jaspercharacter from Paul Shapera's musical "Dolls of New Albion"
  • Jaspermale antagonist from the video game Dragon Quest XI: Echoes of An Elusive Age
  • Jaspercharacter in the Rooster Teeth animated series "Camp Camp"

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