Gender: Male Meaning of Jesse: "gift" Origin of Jesse: Hebrew Jesse's Popularity in 2018: #185

Jesse Origin and Meaning

The name Jesse is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift".

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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Rank in US: #185

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Pop Culture References for the name Jesse

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?