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 Cowboy Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "If you had 19 'J' Name Kids".
From the experts:
King David's father turned 1980s cowboy, Jesse is now down in popularity, due to the long run of similar female names. 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.