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Origin and Meaning of Jasper

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jas"per
An opaque, impure variety of quartz, of red, yellow, and other dull colors, breaking with a smooth surface. It admits of a high polish, and is used for vases, seals, snuff boxes, etc. When the colors are in stripes or bands, it is called striped jasperorbanded jasper. The Egyptian pebble is a brownish yellow jasper.

Etymology: OE. jaspre jaspe, OF. jaspre jaspe, F. jaspe, L. iaspis, Gr. �; cf. Per. yashp yashf, Ar. yashb yasb yasf, Heb. yāshpheh. Cf. Diaper

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  1. An opaque form of quartz; red or yellow or brown or dark green in color; used for ornamentation or as a gemstone
Wiktionary
  1. A male given name, an English variant of Caspar.
  2. A surname​.
  3. One of the Magi, also known as Caspar.
  4. A town in Alberta, Canada.
  5. A city and county seat in Alabama.
  6. A small city in Arkansas, and the county seat of Newton County..
  7. A city and county seat in Florida.
  8. A city in Georgia, and county seat of Pickens County.
  9. A city and county seat in Indiana.
  10. A city in Minnesota.
  11. A city in Missouri.
  12. A town in New York.
  13. A town and county seat in Tennessee.
  14. A city and county seat in Texas.

Jasper was also found in the following language(s): Finnish

Notable Persons Named Jasper

Jasper Cillessen is a soccer player for the AFC Ajax, De Treffers, N.E.C. (football club), Jong Ajax, and Netherlands national football team. Jasper was born on April 22nd, 1989 in Nijmegen, Netherlands.

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Jasper Johns is an artist in the fields of painting and printmaking. Jasper was given the name Jasper Johns, Jr. on May 15th, 1930 in Augusta, Georgia, U.S.

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Al Martino was a jazz, swing music, traditional pop music, and easy listening singing and actor. He was most prominent from 1948 to 2009. Al was given the name Jasper Cini on October 7th, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. He passed away on October 13th, 2009.

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Jasper Tudor was a noble. He holds the title Earl of Pembroke and Duke of Bedford. Jasper was born as the child of Owen Tudor and Catherine of Valois in Hatfield, Hertfordshire. He breathed his last breath on December 21st, 1495.

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Jasper Pääkkönen is an actor. Jasper was born on July 15th, 1980 in Helsinki, Finland.

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Jack Daniel was a distillation, businessperson, and distiller/businessman. His most notable accomplishments were from 1862 to 1911. Jack was given the name Jasper Newton Daniel in 1849 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. He left this life on October 10th, 1911.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jasper

Chris Jasper is a rhythm, blues, soul music, and jazz musician, composer, and producer. He plays Vocals, keyboards, Moog synthesizer, guitar, bass guitar, and drums. He was most active from 1969 to 1988. Chris was given the name Christopher H. Jasper on December 30th, 1951 in Cincinnati, Ohio United States.

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Jasper is an actor and film actor. His ongoing career started in 2003. Jasper was given the name Vijay Jasper on February 6th, 1972. Jasper is also known as Jazz.

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Lee was born on November 4th, 1958 in Manchester, England.

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Shawn Jasper is a Speaker of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and Speaker of theNew Hampshire House of Representatives. Shawn was born on January 23rd, 1959 in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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Michael was born on October 8th, 1986 in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.

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James was born in 1957.

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How popular is the baby name Jasper in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 98 0 98
1881 83 0 83
1882 88 0 88
1883 74 0 74
1884 83 0 83
1885 87 0 87
1886 88 0 88
1887 65 0 65
1888 78 0 78
1889 76 0 76
1890 95 0 95
1891 58 0 58
1892 70 0 70
1893 72 0 72
1894 61 0 61
1895 71 0 71
1896 90 0 90
1897 83 0 83
1898 60 0 60
1899 65 0 65
1900 97 0 97
1901 58 0 58
1902 67 0 67
1903 57 0 57
1904 52 0 52
1905 80 0 80
1906 56 0 56
1907 87 0 87
1908 78 0 78
1909 83 0 83
1910 82 0 82
1911 114 0 114
1912 178 0 178
1913 248 0 248
1914 306 0 306
1915 332 0 332
1916 358 0 358
1917 377 0 377
1918 391 0 391
1919 423 0 423
1920 388 0 388
1921 390 0 390
1922 423 0 423
1923 403 0 403
1924 395 0 395
1925 386 0 386
1926 395 5 390
1927 351 5 346
1928 342 6 336
1929 306 0 306
1930 285 0 285
1931 252 0 252
1932 263 0 263
1933 231 0 231
1934 246 0 246
1935 212 0 212
1936 237 0 237
1937 218 0 218
1938 200 0 200
1939 221 0 221
1940 222 0 222
1941 208 0 208
1942 246 5 241
1943 252 0 252
1944 184 0 184
1945 190 0 190
1946 200 0 200
1947 204 0 204
1948 225 0 225
1949 193 0 193
1950 208 0 208
1951 211 0 211
1952 207 0 207
1953 186 0 186
1954 211 0 211
1955 186 0 186
1956 181 0 181
1957 167 0 167
1958 188 0 188
1959 174 0 174
1960 179 0 179
1961 153 0 153
1962 159 0 159
1963 142 0 142
1964 140 0 140
1965 120 0 120
1966 107 0 107
1967 124 0 124
1968 94 0 94
1969 116 0 116
1970 99 0 99
1971 108 0 108
1972 105 0 105
1973 102 0 102
1974 102 0 102
1975 118 0 118
1976 118 0 118
1977 134 0 134
1978 144 0 144
1979 158 5 153
1980 169 5 164
1981 198 5 193
1982 159 5 154
1983 181 7 174
1984 144 0 144
1985 185 8 177
1986 180 9 171
1987 210 6 204
1988 257 11 246
1989 246 16 230
1990 282 13 269
1991 263 12 251
1992 253 10 243
1993 238 13 225
1994 225 18 207
1995 261 23 238
1996 273 21 252
1997 295 21 274
1998 314 13 301
1999 305 24 281
2000 358 24 334
2001 415 25 390
2002 499 21 478
2003 484 18 466
2004 408 17 391
2005 472 21 451
2006 460 18 442
2007 610 25 585
2008 645 19 626
2009 976 31 945
2010 1,193 12 1,181
2011 1,277 28 1,249
2012 1,375 25 1,350
2013 1,505 42 1,463
2014 1,782 36 1,746
2015 1,902 42 1,860
2016 1,945 41 1,904
2017 2,127 44 2,083

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Popularity of Jasper as a first name

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Popularity of Jasper as a last name

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Common last names for Jasper

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Miller
  • Thomas
  • Lewis
  • Walker
  • Harris
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • King

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jasper U.S.
  White 66.05% 64.26%
  African American 27.87% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.71% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.43% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jasper

People with the last name Jasper are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Jasper

  • What name lists does Jasper rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jasper? Jasper is the 1,145th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jasper was the 3,687th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jasper have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 40,849 babies born with the first name Jasper in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jasper to occupy the territory of Sint Maarten (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 37,429 (as of January 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jasper? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 98 new born babies.
  • When was Jasper first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jasper is Thursday, June 14th, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Jasper born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jasper was in 2017 with a total of 2,083 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jasper!
  • Random Jasper Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jasper ranks 98th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Montana. Imagine that, 13 babies in Montana have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Jasper: Your name in reverse order is Repsaj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Jrepas. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jasper? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 9,632 people with the last name Jasper.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jasper? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Jasper as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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