Jesse

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428k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jesse mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Jesse

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

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

Wiktionary

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 Named Jesse

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 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 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 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 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 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jesse

Fryniwyd was born on March 1st, 1888. She breathed her last breath on August 6th, 1958.

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

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

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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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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 is also known as Isa-Khan Gorji. He left this life in 1580.

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

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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 2,489 56 2,433 #78 boy name
1919 2,404 48 2,356 #77 boy name
1920 2,455 36 2,419 #79 boy name
1921 2,531 45 2,486 #77 boy name
1922 2,431 35 2,396 #81 boy name
1923 2,424 36 2,388 #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 2,071 42 2,029 #94 boy name
1930 2,063 28 2,035 #94 boy name
1931 1,933 35 1,898 #97 boy name
1932 1,894 31 1,863 #99 boy name
1933 1,825 24 1,801 #100 boy name
1934 1,876 23 1,853
1935 1,896 29 1,867
1936 1,844 19 1,825
1937 1,886 19 1,867
1938 1,937 29 1,908
1939 2,036 27 2,009 #99 boy name
1940 2,231 25 2,206 #93 boy name
1941 2,205 17 2,188 #99 boy name
1942 2,417 24 2,393 #100 boy name
1943 2,450 24 2,426
1944 2,331 22 2,309
1945 2,208 21 2,187
1946 2,480 14 2,466
1947 2,779 27 2,752
1948 2,723 21 2,702
1949 2,725 20 2,705
1950 2,635 28 2,607
1951 2,706 37 2,669
1952 2,764 37 2,727
1953 2,846 27 2,819
1954 2,786 26 2,760
1955 2,804 25 2,779
1956 2,646 26 2,620
1957 2,762 24 2,738
1958 2,507 21 2,486
1959 2,448 15 2,433
1960 2,412 34 2,378
1961 2,338 36 2,302
1962 2,303 29 2,274
1963 2,262 31 2,231
1964 2,218 30 2,188
1965 2,235 22 2,213
1966 2,353 39 2,314
1967 2,215 30 2,185
1968 2,179 28 2,151
1969 2,429 51 2,378
1970 2,822 52 2,770
1971 3,056 51 3,005
1972 3,279 52 3,227 #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 5,440 136 5,304 #55 boy name
1977 5,983 163 5,820 #55 boy name
1978 6,299 190 6,109 #51 boy name
1979 6,912 227 6,685 #50 boy name
1980 8,673 292 8,381 #45 boy name
1981 10,831 380 10,451 #37 boy name
1982 9,813 308 9,505 #43 boy name
1983 8,725 257 8,468 #46 boy name
1984 7,893 287 7,606 #50 boy name
1985 8,496 279 8,217 #51 boy name
1986 8,894 353 8,541 #48 boy name
1987 8,303 322 7,981 #55 boy name
1988 8,226 318 7,908 #55 boy name
1989 9,169 314 8,855 #50 boy name
1990 9,329 347 8,982 #48 boy name
1991 8,703 338 8,365 #51 boy name
1992 8,872 312 8,560 #50 boy name
1993 8,598 336 8,262 #48 boy name
1994 9,039 357 8,682 #45 boy name
1995 7,860 367 7,493 #46 boy name
1996 7,364 289 7,075 #51 boy name
1997 6,180 263 5,917 #63 boy name
1998 5,711 271 5,440 #70 boy name
1999 5,358 355 5,003 #82 boy name
2000 4,765 282 4,483 #90 boy name
2001 4,415 195 4,220 #90 boy name
2002 4,620 190 4,430 #90 boy name
2003 4,771 172 4,599 #94 boy name
2004 4,940 181 4,759 #94 boy name
2005 4,917 173 4,744 #89 boy name
2006 4,487 122 4,365
2007 4,242 117 4,125
2008 4,067 120 3,947
2009 3,782 107 3,675
2010 3,380 107 3,273
2011 3,046 81 2,965
2012 2,777 79 2,698
2013 2,630 70 2,560
2014 2,524 72 2,452
2015 2,403 64 2,339
2016 2,356 66 2,290
2017 2,149 75 2,074

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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

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  • Wilson
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  • Jackson
  • Thomas
  • James
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  • 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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Fun Facts about the name Jesse

  • What name lists does Jesse rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jesse? Jesse is the 155th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jesse was the 8,536th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jesse have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 428,467 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 10,451 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jesse!
  • Random Jesse Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jesse ranks 68th in popularity as a baby boy's name in New Mexico. Imagine that, 15 babies in New Mexico have the same name as you in 1920.
  • 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 Jeses. 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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  • 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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