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Jess

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jess

"Jess" is a name of English origin, and it means "Short form of Jesse or Jessica". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jess
A short strap of leather or silk secured round the leg of a hawk, to which the leash or line, wrapped round the falconer's hand, was attached when used. See Illust. of Falcon.

Etymology: OF. gies giez, prop. pl. of giet get jet, F. jet, a throwing, jess. See Jet a shooting forth

Wiktionary

From Jesse, Jessica, or Jessamy.

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Jesse.
  2. A diminutive of the female given names Jessica or Jessamy.

Notable Persons Named Jess

Jess Glynne is a pop music, soul music, dance-pop, house music, and contemporary r&b musician. Her ongoing career started in 2012. Jess was given the name Jessica Hannah Glynne on October 20th, 1989.

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Jess McMahon was a professional boxing and wrestling promoter. Jess was born on May 26th, 1882 in Manhattan. He died on November 22nd, 1954.

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Jess Harnell is a voice actor, singer, announcer, and voice acting. His ongoing career started in 1987. Jess was born in Englewood, New Jersey.

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Jess Greenberg is an acoustic music musician. Jess was born on December 20th, 1994.

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Jess Weixler is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2003. Jess was given the name Jessica Weixler in 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky, US.

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Jess Phillips is a for Birmingham Yardley and Member of parliament. She was most active from 2015 to present. Jess was born on October 9th, 1981 in Birmingham.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jess

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Eoin Jess is a soccer player for the Rangers F.C., Aberdeen F.C., Coventry City F.C., Bradford City A.F.C., Nottingham Forest F.C., Northampton Town F.C., and Scotland national football team. Eoin was born on December 13th, 1970 in Portsoy, Scotland, UK.

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Matt Jess is a rugby player for the Exeter Chiefs. His most notable accomplishments were from 2005 to 2006. Matt was born on April 4th, 1984 in Coventry.

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Carl Herman Jess was a military person. His military service ended in 1946. Carl was born on February 16th, 1884 in Bendigo. Carl is also known as Jess and Lieutenant General Sir Carl Herman. He passed away on June 16th, 1948.

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Jim was born on January 25th, 1955.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 103 0 103
1881 85 0 85
1882 122 0 122
1883 112 0 112
1884 129 5 124
1885 124 5 119
1886 140 0 140
1887 124 0 124
1888 138 6 132
1889 121 0 121
1890 119 5 114
1891 94 7 87
1892 108 0 108
1893 107 0 107
1894 104 0 104
1895 102 0 102
1896 87 0 87
1897 116 6 110
1898 108 0 108
1899 91 5 86
1900 134 6 128
1901 85 0 85
1902 92 6 86
1903 81 0 81
1904 102 0 102
1905 85 0 85
1906 67 0 67
1907 88 0 88
1908 88 0 88
1909 87 0 87
1910 103 0 103
1911 111 5 106
1912 171 0 171
1913 180 0 180
1914 258 0 258
1915 584 7 577
1916 493 8 485
1917 352 0 352
1918 387 0 387
1919 367 12 355
1920 342 9 333
1921 343 5 338
1922 255 7 248
1923 275 0 275
1924 262 0 262
1925 273 5 268
1926 239 0 239
1927 273 5 268
1928 203 5 198
1929 224 0 224
1930 208 0 208
1931 156 0 156
1932 195 0 195
1933 177 0 177
1934 166 0 166
1935 167 0 167
1936 158 0 158
1937 156 0 156
1938 151 0 151
1939 165 0 165
1940 170 0 170
1941 163 0 163
1942 190 0 190
1943 195 5 190
1944 180 0 180
1945 167 0 167
1946 220 0 220
1947 261 0 261
1948 222 0 222
1949 235 0 235
1950 193 0 193
1951 232 0 232
1952 249 0 249
1953 238 0 238
1954 245 0 245
1955 266 0 266
1956 275 5 270
1957 270 0 270
1958 255 0 255
1959 227 0 227
1960 288 0 288
1961 299 0 299
1962 293 0 293
1963 287 0 287
1964 222 0 222
1965 188 5 183
1966 200 0 200
1967 185 0 185
1968 167 0 167
1969 190 0 190
1970 190 0 190
1971 233 0 233
1972 242 0 242
1973 283 0 283
1974 315 6 309
1975 284 0 284
1976 283 6 277
1977 311 0 311
1978 357 10 347
1979 316 10 306
1980 292 0 292
1981 277 0 277
1982 343 6 337
1983 315 9 306
1984 270 9 261
1985 270 8 262
1986 248 7 241
1987 222 6 216
1988 208 9 199
1989 184 10 174
1990 223 9 214
1991 199 16 183
1992 152 6 146
1993 161 12 149
1994 156 6 150
1995 142 6 136
1996 157 13 144
1997 123 8 115
1998 104 13 91
1999 96 0 96
2000 89 12 77
2001 92 10 82
2002 83 13 70
2003 71 6 65
2004 91 9 82
2005 87 8 79
2006 70 10 60
2007 81 15 66
2008 65 10 55
2009 45 0 45
2010 32 0 32
2011 42 5 37
2012 33 0 33
2013 35 7 28
2014 37 5 32
2015 34 0 34
2016 30 0 30

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Popularity of Jess as a first name

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Popularity of Jess as a last name

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Common last names for Jess

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Miller
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Martin
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Baker
  • Clark
  • Walker
  • Roberts
  • Anderson

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jess U.S.
  White 90.64% 64.26%
  African American 4.68% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.95% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.32% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.64% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.77% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jess

People with the last name Jess are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Jess

  • How Popular is the name Jess? Jess is the 1,492nd most popular name of all time. As a last name Jess was the 17,720th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jess have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 25,282 babies born with the first name Jess in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jess to occupy the territory of British Virgin Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 24,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jess? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 103 new born babies.
  • When was Jess first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jess is Friday, February 15th, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Jess born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jess was in 1915 with a total of 577 babies.
  • Random Jess Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jess ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 9 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Jess: Your name in reverse order is Ssej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ssej. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jess? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 1,582 people with the last name Jess.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jess? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jess as their last name since less than 1 person in 185k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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