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Gender: Male Meaning of Jesse: "gift" Origin of Jesse: Hebrew Jesse's Popularity in 2017: #186

The name Jesse is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift". Jesse is ranked #186 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Change two letters (5 names)".

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King David's father turned 1980s cowboy, Jesse is now down in popularity. The name is associated with a wide variety of bearers, from outlaw Jesse James to Olympic athlete Jesse Owens to activist Jesse Jackson to current actors Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jesse Eisenberg. The spelling Jesse is more usual as a boys' name while Jessie is more traditional for girls.

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Famous People Named Jesse

Jesse, Biblical father of King David, "The Jesse Tree"
James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens, American Olympic athlete and civil rights icon
Jesse Gordon Spencer, Australian actor
Jesse Lee Soffer, American actor
Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr., American civil rights activist and politician
Jesse Woodson James, American outlaw
Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos), American politician; former governor of Minnesota; actor, author, pro wrestler
Jesse Louis Lasky, American movie producer
Jesse McCartney, American singer/actor
Jesse Adam Eisenberg, American actor
J. Wesley "Jesse" Williams, American actor
Jesse Eden Metcalfe, American actor
Jesse Bradford, American actor
Jesse Tyler Ferguson, American actor
Jesse Royal Carmichael, keyboardist with band Maroon 5
Jesse James, American TV personality and creator of motorcycles
Jesse Weaver Jr. aka Schoolly D, American rapper
Jesse Levine, American-Canadian tennis player
Jesse Huta Galung, Dutch tennis player
Jesse Alexander Helms, Jr., U.S. Senator from North Carolina
Jesse Moss, Canadian Actor
Jesse Lanier Cooper, son of actress Marianne Leone Cooper
Jesse James Wood, English Musician and son of Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood
Jesse Plemons, American actor
Jesse "Dr." Blum, American musician of band MisterWives
Jesse Lamont Martin (b. Watkins), American actor and singer
Jesse Jameson Ortiz (b. 2009), son of American actress Jenna Jameson
Jesse Lingard, English footballer for Manchester United

Pop Culture References for the name Jesse

Jesse’s Girl” song by Rick Springfield
Jesse Katsopolis, character on "Full House"
Jesse Wallace, character in the "Before Sunrise" films
Jesse Thierry, character in the novel "Out of the Easy"
Jesse Bruce Pinkman, character on TV's "Breaking Bad"
Jesse Swanson, character in the movie "Pitch Perfect"
Jesse St. James, character on TV's "Glee"
Jesse Fitzgerald, character in Jodi Picoult's novel "My Sister's Keeper"
Jesse Kinsella, character on television series "Hart of Dixie"
Jesse Custer, character in DC Universe's "Preacher"
Jesse, character from "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
"Celeste and Jesse Forever," 2012 American film
Jesse McKay, character in 1991 Nancy Drew novel "The Secret at Seven Rocks"
Jesse Aarons, character in the book "Bridge to Terabithia"
Jesse, character in the game "Minecraft Story Mode"
Jesse, character in animated series "Star Wars: The Clone Wars"
Jesse Sallander, senior nurse on "Code Black"
Jesse McCree, character from the video game "Overwatch"
Jesse Tuck, character in the book, movie, and musical "Tuck Everlasting"

Jessy, Yishai, Jessé, Jessie, Jese, Jesee, Jessee, Jesi, Jess


Eliza1303 Says:


I like this name! Love the middle name Robert with it too.

FantasyandPrayer Says:


It's growing on me really fast, I love it!!

bordercollie Says:


Jesse's one of my favorite boy names, especially with the easygoing nickname Jess

LV51sfan91 Says:


I love this name for a boy only and the meaning is beautiful!

mickie86 Says:


One of my favorite Boy names. Very cool!

ssister Says:


Very cool name in my area. Smart, cool, athletic boys where I grew up.

Addie88 Says:


A very popular name in Hispanic communities in the southwest. I think of laid-back boys next door that I went to school with.

Essa Says:


I love Jesse but since it's quite uncommon here (England) but the girls' name Jessica is super common with a lot of them going by Jessie/Jessy then Jesse just seems too girly to name a boy. Such a shame!

Fantastique Says:


yup haha

Guest Says:


Breaking Bad lol

CocoWhite Says:


Full House, anyone?