The name Jessica is a girl's name of Hebrew origin. Jessica is ranked #233 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Number One Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".
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 dropped out of the Top 200, but still was given to almost 1500 baby girls last year.
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.