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Gender: Female Origin of Jessica: English, meaning unknown Jessica's Popularity in 2017: #248

The name Jessica is a girl's name of Hebrew origin. Jessica is ranked #248 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Classic Girl Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Makeover name game: from one gender to the other".

From the experts:

When Jennifer was ready to give up her throne, her crown was passed to Jessica, who reigned for not one but two decades; Jessica was the top name of both the 1980's and 90's, never sounding quite as trendy as its predecessor, maybe because of its classic Shakespearean pedigree. Jessica has declined a bit in popularity but is still a popular choice.

Jessica seems to have been coined by Shakespeare for the character of Shylock's daughter in The Merchant of Venice, possibly as a form of a biblical name. There are several attractive Jessicas on the scene today, including Jessica Lange, Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel, Jessica Simpson, and Jessica Chastain.

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Famous People Named Jessica

Jessica Marie Alba, American actress
Jessica Claire Biel, American actress
Jessica Michelle Chastain, American actress
Jessica Danielle Andrews, American singer/songwriter
Jessica Karen Szohr, American actress
Jessica Louise Origliasso, American singer
Jessica Ann Simpson, American singer
Jessica Alice Tandy, English-American actress
Jessica Phyllis Lange, American actress
Jessica Brooke Capshaw, American actress
Jessica Hilda Mauboy, Australian pop singer
Jessica Elizabeth Sanchez, American pop singer
Jessica Leigh Stroup, American actress
Jessica Louise "Jesy" Nelson, singer of British girl group Little Mix
Jessica Ennis-Hill, English Olympic heptathlete
Sarah Jessica Parker, American actress
Jessica Pimentel, American actress
Jessica Grace Hanson, sister of the Hanson brothers
Jessica Leccia, American actress
Jessica Rose Brown-Findlay, English actress
Jessica Sue Davis, American actress; twin brother Jesse Davis
Jessica Lily "Jessie" Bridges, daughter of actor Jeff Bridges
Jessica Isabel Rowling Arantes, daughter of novelist J.K. Rowling
Jessica Suzanne Lowndes, American actress
Jessica Jung, Korean-American singer, actress, businesswoman and former member of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation
Jessica Sula, Welsh actress starring in ABC Family's "Recovery Road"
Jessica Mitford, English author
Jessica Jean (Schafer) Skube, American family vlogger known as "Jesssfam"
Jessica "Settie" Gee, American YouTuber of The Bucket List Family
Jessica Jane Willis, first child in family band The Willis Clan
Jessica "Jess" Stout aka Aphmau, American YouTuber
Jessica Ott, Best Friend of YouTuber Jordan Frye
Jessica "Jess" Bauer Conte, YouTuber

Pop Culture References for the name Jessica

Jessica Jones, main character on Marvel's show of the same name
Jessica Drew aka Spiderwoman, character in Marvel comics
Jessica, character in Shakespeare's "The Merchant of Venice"
Jessica Fletcher, main character on TV's "Murder, She Wrote"
Jessica Rabbit, character in movie "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?"
Jessica Moore, character on TV's "Supernatural"
Jessica Darling, main character in the Jessica Darling series by Megan McCafferty
Jessica Goldman, character in Kenneth Lonergan's "This Is Our Youth"
Jessica "Jess" Day, main character on TV's "New Girl"
Jessica "Jessie" Prescott, character on TV's "Jessie"
Jessica Glitter, character on TV's "How I Met Your Mother"
Jessica "Jessi" Ramsay, character in the "Baby-Sitters Club" series
Jessica Sherawat, character in video game "Resident Evil: Revelations"
Jessica Daunt, character in "Tiburon" (1935) by Kylie Tennant
Jessica "Jess" Delaney, character in the "Mother-Daughter Book Club" series by Heather Vogel Frederick
Jessica Wakefield, character in the "Sweet Valley High" book series
Jessica Ellis, character on TV's "The Suite Life of Zack and Cody," twin sister Janice Ellis
Jessica Hamby, character on TV's "True Blood"
Jessica Lourdes Pearson, character on TV's "Suits"
Jessica Davis, character in "Thirteen Reasons Why"
Amelia "Amy " Jessica Pond, character on TV's "Doctor Who"
Jessica "Jess," character on TV's "Misfits"
Jessica DiLaurentis, Alison Dilaurentis' mother in "Pretty Little Liars"
Jessica "Jess", character in video game "Until Dawn"
Jessica Danforth, character on TV's "Arrow"
Jessica Alkirk, from Lunar the Silver Star and its remakes
Jessica Albert, character in video game 'Dragon Quest VIII: Journey of the Cursed King'
Jessica Riley, character in film "Crazy, Stupid, Love"
Jessica, character in "Rick and Morty"
"Jessica," song by the Allman Brothers
"Jessica," song by Regina Spektor
"Let's Scare Jessica to Death," 1971 horror movie
Jessica Cruz, (aka Green Lantern), character in the DC Universe
Jessica Lovejoy, a minor one-shot character from "The Simpsons"

Jessica's International Variations

Janka (Hungarian) Iekika (Hawaiian) Gessica (Italian)


mionepuff Says:


My name is Jessica and I go by Jessi or Jess.

mionepuff Says:


My name is Jessica Lauren and I have always liked my name. It wasn't until freshman year of high school that I was in a class with another Jessica. We had 4 totally in my grade until one of them moved away. I also knew of a Jessica in the grade below mine as well. I had a math class with her and she was apart of my youth group for a while. I have and always will like my name.

Carla jemma Says:


I thought of the name Jessica the other night coz it begins with j & want a name beginning with j & it was the first name on the list & didn’t like it as a first name so now have it as a middle name (Sarah Jessica Parker) I just think it popped in my head again & ive put it with Kim
Kim Jessica

KHHP Says:


I am a Jessica, and there were six Jessicas in my middle school orchestra. And I didn't even go to a big school.

Sim flower Says:


i actually really like this name, maybe it's because i never hear it around. I think it would be nice with a more edgy middle or first name.

rjcolqu Says:


My name is Jessica Ruby Jane but I get called RJ. I rather like the name Jessica but I agree that it is overused. That is why i prefer being called RJ

indiefendi2 Says:


I have a unique name but if I were to have a popular name I would want to be a Jessica for some reason.

Galaxystar28 Says:


This name reminds me of a stupid popular cheerleader that you would find in a highschool movie.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I love it, personally. It's popular for a reason.

sunshinexoxo Says:


Overused name

elephanza Says:


My name is Jessica and I love the name in itself. However, I'm a really creative, imaginative person and I don't like how popular this name is, especially among people of my age group (90s babies). I meet Jessicas everywhere and would really like to stand out from the crowd. That's why I sometimes spell my name Jessika, to add a little flair.

Chae-Eun Says:


Funny, I'm Jessica S.

Chae-Eun Says:


I don't think I could dislike a name so much. And I can't believe I dislike my name so much, either. Without the popularity, it sounds like an in-between for me --- neither good nor bad. (For the record, I would rather be Jennifer than Jessica, which is strange.) And I need to answer to so many names! Jessica, Jessa, JessIE, JessE, JessY, JessEY (right spelling there), and the Jess. I get the occasional Jennifer as well.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I loved this name since I read Sweet Valley high books in the 1980s. I know, I'm showing my age...! Jessica/Jess wasn't super popular in the UK until the 1990s. It used to be pretty uncommon, in fact. I just love it so, so much.

Kyla77 Says:


I named my daughter Jessica after my grandma jessie

snowsbeloved Says:


One of the few names that was/is severely overused that I still love regardless. Very pretty but no nicknames...I like it best in its entirety. Beautiful Jessica

berry_chick Says:


It's a nice name but it's far too overused. I know roughly five Jessicas and I usually call them by their nicknames. Two of them even have the same last name. I don't know about you all, even Jennifer is an issue where I live. I know about three Jennifers.

scblovesnames Says:


I know this was popular here in the states but I quite like it. I prefer Jessa to it. However it's one of the few names I just like that's been really popular. My name was number 5 year I was born, this number 1. Yeah I've heard it a lot. Still like it, probably won't use it though.

Catastroffy Says:


I think Jessica was much more common around 2000 in England than it was in the eighties and nineties, and not as common as in America in any case. And as for Jennifer, it doesn't seem to have been particularly popular here at all. I have not met a Jennifer, and always considered it an uncommon name until coming onto Nameberry.

Zelliew Says:


Beautiful name

Plutophelia Says:


probably because you haven't heard it literally everyday since grade school. Jessica H. Jessica S. etc.....It is JUSt too much to have an untainted opinion on it.

Jessica Else Mari Says:


Eh, it's my name but I never really cared for it. Growing up there were always 3-4 Jessica's in my classroom that we were forced to go by our middle names and mine happens to be Else (German pet name for Elisabeth (I'm German)) which is another Eh... It's too common but I did get excited when my grandmother bought be the book Shylocks daughter (merchant of Venice) about his daughter Jessica...only for her to turn out to be horrible... Ugh and for some reason if people can't remember your name they will call you Jennifer also another eh...

JessL96 Says:


I never liked my name as a child but recently I've grown to love it and appreciate it, sure I get called Jess more now than anything but it's a special name to me, because it's mine. Now I know it was number 1 the year I was born (not 96 as my username suggests) but throughout my years in school, I was the only Jessica in my class, at least until I got to high school, and then there was only one other girl, compared to the number of Katies and Ryans and Rachels and Bradleys

Sure I probably wouldn't name one of my children after me, but I do have a newfound appreciation for this name, my name :)

Kim Wall Says:


That's strange, because I rarely hear it here, in England. Don't think I've ever met anyone called Jessica, but have seen it in books and I love it :)

Caroline Says:


Of all the Jessica's in Hollywood, My favorite is Jessica Chastain! <3 She is so beautiful, stylish and intelligent!! And I Love Red Hair! :-D But I only like the person and not the name, too many Jessica's already and it is too common!

htw Says:


It isnt that i hate this name- i dont. It is that i literally cannot form an opinion on it bc it is just way too overused. Im too familiar with it. It is like trying to form an opinion on the name ashley or jennifer. I cant. It is just like air. It is ubiquitous. It needs a 100 year breathing period. Let this tired horse rest.

Leah3456 Says:


This name is super popular where I live.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


I know so many Jessica's, it's really popular where I live.

JessicaRK467 Says:


My name is Jessica Renee and I have always really loved my name.

Hydra Says:


My only problem with Jessica-because it is a pretty name-is that my accent, as weak as it is, really makes that "sick" sound pop out. Gah.

Eva Thyssen Says:


I have an adored Jessica: my mum <3 that's why I love this name.

jasminegarden Says:


This is my sister's name! I love it, it's beautiful.