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Gender: Female Origin of Jessa: Short form of Jessica Meaning of Jessica: English, meaning unknown Jessa's Popularity in 2017: #879

The name Jessa is a girl's name of Hebrew origin. Jessa is ranked #879 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Beautiful Bohemian Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

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.

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Famous People Named Jessa

Jessa Lauren (Duggar) Seewald, American reality TV personality; 5th child of the Duggar family
Jessica Nicole "Jessa" Anderson, American Christian singer
Jessa Rhodes, American adult film actress
Jessa Furches, American singer of duo FurchesTwins
Jessa Crispin, American literary critic
Jessa Gamble, Anglo-Canadian author
Jessa Zaragoza (born Richelle Ann Loyola-Avanzado), Filipina singer

Pop Culture References for the name Jessa

Jessa Johansson, character on HBO's "Girls"


julesz Says:


My baby is called Jessa! I don't like Jessica, tho she's been called it a few times...jessa really suits her tho

Daiseymae Says:


I like this! Very pretty.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I know what you mean, and I love Gemma and Jenna, also.

paulapuddephatt Says:


This name kind of works, along similar lines to Tessa, but I still much prefer Jessica, with Jess for short. The name didn't become super popular in the UK as early as it did in USA, so it doesn't sound dated here. Even if it was considered dated or old-fashioned, or overused, I would love the name Jessica. It alternated with Charlotte as my favourite girls' name for years. It is currently in my top 4, but not my #1 female name (which is either Lucy or Charlotte).

CupcakeGirl13 Says:


I love this name! Its like Jessica but with a slight spunk ;)

Kimberly Says:


Yes!! I named my daughter Jessa and some people just don't get it. People call her Jessica, poor girl will get annoyed with that when she gets older. Thank you for getting it! :)

HatCollecter Says:


cuz i am obsessed with watching 19 kids and counting. i dont know why.

HatCollecter Says:


love it! i love how it's also a duggar name!

Madelinelen Says:


This is like a fresh alternative to the Jenna/Jessica/Jennifer overload. It's elegant but short enough so that it doesn't require a nickname.

jordalini Says:


I want to like this, because i like Gemma and Jenna, but I just don't

Guest Says:


I never knew this was unpopular. I went to elemetary school with a Jessa and I thought it was just as common as Jessica! I love it tho