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Jesse

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 574 5 569 #28 boy name
1881 541 5 536 #27 boy name
1882 665 5 660 #26 boy name
1883 590 6 584 #28 boy name
1884 684 14 670 #27 boy name
1885 571 15 556 #31 boy name
1886 620 6 614 #29 boy name
1887 611 10 601 #26 boy name
1888 649 12 637 #32 boy name
1889 590 14 576 #31 boy name
1890 586 10 576 #33 boy name
1891 530 11 519 #35 boy name
1892 616 14 602 #35 boy name
1893 553 12 541 #36 boy name
1894 578 11 567 #38 boy name
1895 588 11 577 #35 boy name
1896 601 15 586 #35 boy name
1897 539 10 529 #38 boy name
1898 491 15 476 #47 boy name
1899 440 17 423 #47 boy name
1900 546 10 536 #50 boy name
1901 424 13 411 #49 boy name
1902 452 15 437 #50 boy name
1903 404 16 388 #57 boy name
1904 455 12 443 #53 boy name
1905 466 23 443 #54 boy name
1906 451 15 436 #58 boy name
1907 476 10 466 #63 boy name
1908 490 8 482 #62 boy name
1909 535 18 517 #59 boy name
1910 601 11 590 #60 boy name
1911 612 16 596 #72 boy name
1912 1,133 27 1,106 #74 boy name
1913 1,245 31 1,214 #79 boy name
1914 1,483 26 1,457 #82 boy name
1915 2,154 43 2,111 #77 boy name
1916 2,261 31 2,230 #77 boy name
1917 2,225 25 2,200 #79 boy name
1918 2,488 56 2,432 #78 boy name
1919 2,405 48 2,357 #77 boy name
1920 2,455 36 2,419 #79 boy name
1921 2,532 45 2,487 #77 boy name
1922 2,431 35 2,396 #81 boy name
1923 2,422 36 2,386 #83 boy name
1924 2,345 55 2,290 #86 boy name
1925 2,427 52 2,375 #85 boy name
1926 2,349 53 2,296 #87 boy name
1927 2,364 45 2,319 #89 boy name
1928 2,212 41 2,171 #91 boy name
1929 2,072 42 2,030 #94 boy name
1930 2,064 28 2,036 #94 boy name
1931 1,931 35 1,896 #97 boy name
1932 1,894 31 1,863 #99 boy name
1933 1,827 24 1,803 #100 boy name
1934 1,875 23 1,852
1935 1,895 29 1,866
1936 1,846 19 1,827
1937 1,886 19 1,867
1938 1,937 29 1,908
1939 2,035 27 2,008 #99 boy name
1940 2,231 25 2,206 #93 boy name
1941 2,206 17 2,189 #99 boy name
1942 2,418 24 2,394 #100 boy name
1943 2,449 24 2,425
1944 2,330 22 2,308
1945 2,209 21 2,188
1946 2,479 14 2,465
1947 2,779 27 2,752
1948 2,725 21 2,704
1949 2,723 20 2,703
1950 2,637 28 2,609
1951 2,707 37 2,670
1952 2,759 37 2,722
1953 2,849 27 2,822
1954 2,784 26 2,758
1955 2,804 25 2,779
1956 2,647 26 2,621
1957 2,760 24 2,736
1958 2,507 21 2,486
1959 2,446 15 2,431
1960 2,413 34 2,379
1961 2,339 36 2,303
1962 2,304 29 2,275
1963 2,261 31 2,230
1964 2,219 30 2,189
1965 2,234 22 2,212
1966 2,354 39 2,315
1967 2,214 30 2,184
1968 2,180 28 2,152
1969 2,430 51 2,379
1970 2,823 52 2,771
1971 3,054 51 3,003
1972 3,282 52 3,230 #88 boy name
1973 3,509 61 3,448 #75 boy name
1974 4,187 82 4,105 #67 boy name
1975 4,553 118 4,435 #64 boy name
1976 5,441 137 5,304 #55 boy name
1977 5,985 163 5,822 #54 boy name
1978 6,298 190 6,108 #51 boy name
1979 6,911 227 6,684 #50 boy name
1980 8,675 292 8,383 #45 boy name
1981 10,828 380 10,448 #37 boy name
1982 9,812 308 9,504 #43 boy name
1983 8,724 257 8,467 #46 boy name
1984 7,894 287 7,607 #50 boy name
1985 8,495 279 8,216 #51 boy name
1986 8,891 353 8,538 #48 boy name
1987 8,300 322 7,978 #55 boy name
1988 8,224 318 7,906 #55 boy name
1989 9,164 314 8,850 #50 boy name
1990 9,327 347 8,980 #48 boy name
1991 8,703 338 8,365 #51 boy name
1992 8,870 312 8,558 #50 boy name
1993 8,597 336 8,261 #48 boy name
1994 9,038 357 8,681 #45 boy name
1995 7,857 367 7,490 #46 boy name
1996 7,364 289 7,075 #51 boy name
1997 6,178 263 5,915 #63 boy name
1998 5,710 271 5,439 #70 boy name
1999 5,355 355 5,000 #82 boy name
2000 4,763 282 4,481 #90 boy name
2001 4,412 194 4,218 #91 boy name
2002 4,619 190 4,429 #90 boy name
2003 4,768 172 4,596 #94 boy name
2004 4,939 181 4,758 #94 boy name
2005 4,915 173 4,742 #89 boy name
2006 4,484 122 4,362
2007 4,241 117 4,124
2008 4,066 120 3,946
2009 3,776 106 3,670
2010 3,376 107 3,269
2011 3,041 81 2,960
2012 2,771 79 2,692
2013 2,619 69 2,550
2014 2,509 71 2,438
2015 2,391 64 2,327

Fun Facts about the name Jesse

  • How many people with the first name Jesse have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 423,858 babies born with the first name Jesse in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jesse to occupy the country of Brunei with an estimated population of 422,700 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jesse? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 574 new born babies.
  • When was Jesse first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jesse is Sunday, April 3rd, 1853.
  • What year had the most people named Jesse born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jesse was in 1981 with a total of 10,448 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jesse!
  • Random Jesse Factoid: According to the 1973 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jesse ranks 77th in popularity as a baby boy's name in South Dakota. Imagine that, 14 babies in South Dakota have the same name as you in 1973.
  • Weird things about the name Jesse: Your name in reverse order is Essej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Sseje. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jesse? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,855 people with the last name Jesse.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jesse? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Jesse as their last name.

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Popularity of Jesse as a first name

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Popularity of Jesse as a last name

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Common last names for Jesse

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • James
  • White
  • Harris
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Anderson
  • Walker
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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jesse U.S.
  White 85.29% 64.26%
  African American 5.24% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.20% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.17% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.58% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 4.51% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jesse

People with the last name Jesse are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Jesse" mean? The list below shows the origins of Jesse as well as things modernly associated with the name Jesse such as celebrities named Jesse.

Hebrew

Origin and Meaning of Jesse

The name "Jesse" is of Hebrew origin, and it means "Gift". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jes"se
Any representation or suggestion of the genealogy of Christ, in decorative artA genealogical tree represented in stained glass.A candlestick with many branches, each of which bears the name of some one of the descendants of Jesse; -- called also tree of Jesse.

Etymology: LL. Jesse, the father of David, fr. Gr. �, fr. Herb. Yishai

From Ancient Greek Ἰεσσαί (Iessaí), from Hebrew יִשַׁי (Yishai)

  1. (biblical) The father of king David.
  2. A male given name of biblical origin.
  3. A female given name, a variant of Jessie.
  4. (architecture) A representation of the genealogy of Christ, in decorative art, such as a genealogical tree in stained glass or a branched candlestick.

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

Notable Persons With the Name Jesse

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg is an actor, playwright, author, and humorist. His most notable accomplishments were from 1996 to present. Jesse was given the name Jesse Adam Eisenberg on October 5th, 1983 in Queens.

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Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams is an actor. He was most active from 2006 to present. Jesse was given the name Jesse Wesley Williams on August 5th, 1981 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

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Jesse Owens

Jesse Owens was an athlete. Jesse was born on September 12th, 1913 in Oakville, Alabama, U.S. He breathed his last breath on March 31st, 1980.

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Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura is a Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Brooklyn Park, and Minnesota. His military service ended in 1975. Jesse was born on July 15th, 1951 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States.

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Jesse James

Jesse James was a crime and criminal. He was most active from 1866 to 1882. Jesse was given the name Jesse Woodson James by his parents Robert S. James and Zerelda James on September 5th, 1847 in Kearney, Missouri, U.S. Jesse is also known as James and Jesse Woodson. He passed away on April 3rd, 1882.

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Don Knotts

Don Knotts was an actor, comedian, and inventor. He was most prominent from 1953 to 2006. Don was given the name Jesse Donald Knotts on July 21st, 1924 in Morgantown, West Virginia, U.S. He breathed his last breath on February 24th, 2006.

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  • Jesse Plemons
    (actor)
  • Jesse James
    (television personality)
  • Jesse McCartney
    (singer)
  • Jesse Jackson
    (from the District of Columbia)
  • Jesse Spencer
    (actor)
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson
    (actor)
  • Jesse Metcalfe
    (actor)
  • Jesse Lingard
    (soccer player)
  • Jesse L. Martin
    (actor)
  • Jesse Bradford
    (actor)
  • Jesse Helms
    (journalist)
  • Jesse Palmer
    (football player)
  • Jesse Lacey
    (musician)
  • Jesse Hughes
    (musician)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jesse

Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse

Fryniwyd Tennyson Jesse was a famous person. Fryniwyd was born on March 1st, 1888. She breathed her last breath on August 6th, 1958.

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John John Jesse

John John Jesse is an artist in the field of painting. John was born in New York City.

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Jesse

Jesse is royalty. His most notable accomplishments were from 1714 to 1716.

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Mike Jesse

Mike Jesse is a soccer player for the Berliner FC Dynamo, FC Stahl Brandenburg, FC Energie Cottbus, Tennis Borussia Berlin, and Ludwigsfelder FC. Mike was born on May 1st, 1973.

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Micah Jesse

Micah Jesse is a noteworthy person. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Micah was given the name Micah Jesse Koffler on July 19th, 1986 in Atlanta.

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Prince of Kakheti Jesse

Prince of Kakheti Jesse was a famous person. Prince is also known as Isa-Khan Gorji. He left this life in 1580.

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What does the name Jesse mean?

Jis for joyful, the spirit you spread.

Eis for enrich, a quality you share.

Sis for strength, there when needed.

Sis for self respect, a solid score here.

Eis for extra, those little things you do!

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