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Jesse

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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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 2,488 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 2,213 41 2,172 #91 boy name
1929 2,072 42 2,030 #94 boy name
1930 2,064 28 2,036 #94 boy name
1931 1,932 35 1,897 #97 boy name
1932 1,893 31 1,862 #99 boy name
1933 1,827 24 1,803 #100 boy name
1934 1,875 23 1,852
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 2,035 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 2,416 24 2,392 #100 boy name
1943 2,450 24 2,426
1944 2,331 22 2,309
1945 2,208 21 2,187
1946 2,481 14 2,467
1947 2,780 27 2,753
1948 2,723 21 2,702
1949 2,725 20 2,705
1950 2,638 28 2,610
1951 2,704 37 2,667
1952 2,762 37 2,725
1953 2,848 27 2,821
1954 2,786 26 2,760
1955 2,805 25 2,780
1956 2,646 26 2,620
1957 2,760 24 2,736
1958 2,507 21 2,486
1959 2,447 15 2,432
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 2,218 30 2,188
1965 2,234 22 2,212
1966 2,353 39 2,314
1967 2,214 30 2,184
1968 2,180 28 2,152
1969 2,431 51 2,380
1970 2,823 52 2,771
1971 3,054 51 3,003
1972 3,281 52 3,229 #88 boy name
1973 3,509 61 3,448 #75 boy name
1974 4,188 82 4,106 #67 boy name
1975 4,554 118 4,436 #64 boy name
1976 5,440 137 5,303 #55 boy name
1977 5,984 163 5,821 #55 boy name
1978 6,298 190 6,108 #51 boy name
1979 6,911 227 6,684 #50 boy name
1980 8,674 292 8,382 #45 boy name
1981 10,829 380 10,449 #37 boy name
1982 9,813 308 9,505 #43 boy name
1983 8,725 257 8,468 #46 boy name
1984 7,894 287 7,607 #50 boy name
1985 8,495 279 8,216 #51 boy name
1986 8,894 353 8,541 #48 boy name
1987 8,300 322 7,978 #55 boy name
1988 8,226 318 7,908 #55 boy name
1989 9,167 314 8,853 #50 boy name
1990 9,328 347 8,981 #48 boy name
1991 8,704 338 8,366 #51 boy name
1992 8,871 312 8,559 #50 boy name
1993 8,597 336 8,261 #48 boy name
1994 9,038 357 8,681 #45 boy name
1995 7,860 367 7,493 #46 boy name
1996 7,363 289 7,074 #51 boy name
1997 6,179 263 5,916 #63 boy name
1998 5,711 271 5,440 #70 boy name
1999 5,357 355 5,002 #82 boy name
2000 4,763 282 4,481 #90 boy name
2001 4,413 194 4,219 #91 boy name
2002 4,619 190 4,429 #90 boy name
2003 4,769 172 4,597 #94 boy name
2004 4,939 181 4,758 #94 boy name
2005 4,917 173 4,744 #89 boy name
2006 4,486 122 4,364
2007 4,241 117 4,124
2008 4,067 120 3,947
2009 3,779 106 3,673
2010 3,379 107 3,272
2011 3,043 81 2,962
2012 2,774 79 2,695
2013 2,626 70 2,556
2014 2,519 72 2,447
2015 2,401 64 2,337
2016 2,346 65 2,281

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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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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

  • How Popular is the name Jesse? Jesse is the 154th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 426,271 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 10,449 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jesse!
  • Random Jesse Factoid: According to the 1931 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jesse ranks 41st in popularity as a baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, 249 babies in Texas have the same name as you in 1931.
  • 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)
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