Jessica

First Name
1.0m
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
228
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jessica mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Jessica

"Jessica" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "God beholds". It's a name commonly given to girls.

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First used by Shakespeare in Merchant of Venice, probably from Hebrew יִסְכָּה (yiskah, “Iscah in Genesis 11:29, Jescha in the Wycliffe version”) , a proper name meaning "one who looks forth" (but apparently not used as an ordinary word with that meaning).

  • By folk etymology seen as an elaborate form of Jessie, from Jane.
  1. A female given name; formerly rare, but since the 1970s popular in all English-speaking countries.

Jessica was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jessica

Jessica Campbell Jones Cage is a comics character.

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Jessica Alba is an actor, model (people), businessperson, actress, model, and businesswoman. She was most active from 1994 to present. Jessica was given the name Jessica Marie Alba on April 28th, 1981 in , U.S.

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Jessica Chastain is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2004. Jessica was given the name Jessica Michelle Chastain on March 24th, 1977 in Sacramento, California, U.S.

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Jessica Biel is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1994. Jessica was given the name Jessica Claire Biel on March 3rd, 1982 in Ely, Minnesota, U.S.

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She has had major accomplishments since 1976. Jessica was given the name Jessica Phyllis Lange on April 20th, 1949 in Cloquet, Minnesota, U.S.

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Jessica Henwick is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Jessica was born on August 30th, 1992.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jessica

Jessica is a singing, actor, businessperson, singer, actress, and businesswoman. Jessica was given the name Jessica Sooyoun Jung on April 18th, 1989 in San Francisco.

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Stoya was given the name Jessica on June 15th, 1986 in Wilmington, North Carolina, U.S.

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Lady Jessica is a bene gesserit.

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Sisca Jessica is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2007. Sisca was born on April 25th, 1988 in Bandung.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 7 7 0
1881 7 7 0
1882 8 8 0
1883 6 6 0
1884 14 14 0
1885 6 6 0
1886 11 11 0
1887 8 8 0
1888 18 18 0
1889 9 9 0
1890 18 18 0
1891 14 14 0
1892 14 14 0
1893 15 15 0
1894 10 10 0
1895 19 19 0
1896 9 9 0
1897 9 9 0
1898 13 13 0
1899 14 14 0
1900 23 23 0
1901 8 8 0
1902 9 9 0
1903 16 16 0
1904 16 16 0
1905 17 17 0
1906 18 18 0
1907 17 17 0
1908 17 17 0
1909 18 18 0
1910 28 28 0
1911 21 21 0
1912 36 36 0
1913 25 25 0
1914 42 42 0
1915 55 55 0
1916 53 53 0
1917 55 55 0
1918 56 56 0
1919 40 40 0
1920 43 43 0
1921 48 48 0
1922 40 40 0
1923 52 52 0
1924 41 41 0
1925 34 34 0
1926 35 35 0
1927 39 39 0
1928 36 36 0
1929 42 42 0
1930 38 38 0
1931 39 39 0
1932 44 44 0
1933 43 43 0
1934 46 46 0
1935 47 47 0
1936 43 43 0
1937 72 72 0
1938 50 50 0
1939 77 77 0
1940 61 61 0
1941 81 81 0
1942 127 127 0
1943 121 121 0
1944 124 124 0
1945 132 132 0
1946 240 240 0
1947 430 430 0
1948 482 482 0
1949 406 406 0
1950 402 402 0
1951 466 466 0
1952 452 452 0
1953 495 495 0
1954 424 424 0
1955 386 386 0
1956 406 406 0
1957 476 476 0
1958 529 529 0
1959 523 523 0
1960 560 560 0
1961 669 669 0
1962 867 867 0
1963 1,126 1,121 5
1964 1,178 1,171 7
1965 1,537 1,529 8
1966 1,676 1,667 9
1967 1,773 1,761 12
1968 1,842 1,842 0
1969 2,505 2,492 13
1970 4,038 4,023 15 #98 girl name
1971 5,378 5,359 19 #64 girl name
1972 6,233 6,209 24 #46 girl name
1973 7,246 7,226 20 #34 girl name
1974 10,695 10,653 42 #17 girl name
1975 12,981 12,930 51 #13 girl name
1976 18,426 18,370 56 #8 girl name
1977 24,936 24,845 91 #4 girl name
1978 26,197 26,102 95 #3 girl name
1979 27,890 27,776 114 #4 girl name
1980 34,049 33,923 126 #3 girl name
1981 42,697 42,530 167 #2 girl name
1982 45,632 45,444 188 #2 girl name
1983 45,475 45,281 194 #2 girl name
1984 46,034 45,854 180 #2 girl name
1985 48,574 48,345 229 #1 girl name
1986 52,885 52,668 217 #1 girl name
1987 56,231 55,988 243 #1 girl name
1988 51,762 51,537 225 #1 girl name
1989 48,134 47,882 252 #1 girl name
1990 46,613 46,473 140 #1 girl name
1991 43,517 43,396 121 #2 girl name
1992 38,455 38,354 101 #2 girl name
1993 35,087 34,987 100 #1 girl name
1994 32,223 32,118 105 #1 girl name
1995 27,985 27,934 51 #1 girl name
1996 24,241 24,194 47 #2 girl name
1997 21,087 21,042 45 #2 girl name
1998 18,265 18,235 30 #8 girl name
1999 16,374 16,346 28 #9 girl name
2000 15,733 15,706 27 #8 girl name
2001 13,946 13,919 27 #11 girl name
2002 11,937 11,915 22 #16 girl name
2003 10,463 10,446 17 #18 girl name
2004 9,504 9,469 35 #21 girl name
2005 8,128 8,109 19 #27 girl name
2006 6,820 6,810 10 #32 girl name
2007 5,719 5,706 13 #42 girl name
2008 4,740 4,734 6 #59 girl name
2009 3,803 3,793 10 #78 girl name
2010 3,203 3,197 6 #92 girl name
2011 2,629 2,620 9
2012 2,330 2,330 0
2013 1,946 1,946 0
2014 1,794 1,794 0
2015 1,582 1,582 0
2016 1,380 1,375 5

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Popularity of Jessica as a first name

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Common last names for Jessica

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • Brown
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Lewis
  • King
  • Young
  • Hill

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jessica U.S.
  White 64.47% 64.26%
  African American 8.33% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 6.58% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 16.67% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jessica

People with the last name Jessica are most frequently White or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Jessica

  • How Popular is the name Jessica? Jessica is the 38th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jessica was the 82,613th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jessica have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,047,201 babies born with the first name Jessica in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jessica to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jessica? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Jessica first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jessica is Friday, February 9th, 1872.
  • What year had the most people named Jessica born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jessica was in 1987 with a total of 55,988 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jessica!
  • Random Jessica Factoid: According to the 1996 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jessica ranks 1st in popularity as a baby girl's name in Illinois. Imagine that, 1,241 babies in Illinois have the same name as you in 1996.
  • Weird things about the name Jessica: Your name in reverse order is Acissej. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Assicje. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jessica? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 228 people with the last name Jessica.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jessica? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jessica as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.3m 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).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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