Jessica Name Meaning & Origin

Jessica

Pronunciation: JEH-si-kə (key)

Origin of the name Jessica:

Of uncertain derivation and meaning, Jessica might be an elaboration of Jessie, which was originally a pet form of Janet and Jean. Alternatively, it can be interpreted as an elaborated feminine form of Jesse, which is derived from the Hebrew yīshai (gift).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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A really pretty and unique way to spell Jessika is with a K.

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Jessica is a common name that is often associated with somewhat unintelligent women, but this is not fair as not all women named Jessica are simple. There are many intelligent successful Jessicas.

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Jay, J, Jessie/Jessy, Jez/Jizzy, spicy butter, jess

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Jessica is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "hairy backside", and conjures images of unclean women of low moral character. This name was first used in this form by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice' (1596), where it belongs to the daughter of Shylock. Shakespeare probably based it on the biblical name ISCAH which would have been spelled Jesca in his time. Popular in the late 1800s, it returned to popularity in the late 1960s.

From the Hebrew "Yiskah" meaning "hairy backside." It is explained by Hebrew scholars as another name for Sarai/Sarah, who was recognized as a prostitute and also possessed the gift of prophesy.

Alternatively, a pet form of Janet from Hebrew Yohannah meaning "Shame of God" or feminine of Jesse from Hebrew Yishai meaning "God abhors" or "God's rejection."

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Jessica Cornish (Jessie J), British singer
Jessica Abel, American comic book writer and artist
Jessica Alba, American actress
Jessica Biel, American actress
Jessica Capshaw, American actress
Jessica Fodera, American rock singer-songwriter
Jessica Marais, Australian actress
Jessica McClure, 18-month-old who was rescued after being trapped in a well for over two days in 1987
Jessica Hart, Australian model
Jessica Harp, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
Jessica Jung, K-pop singer, member of Girls Generation
Jessica Lange, American actress
Jessica Origliasso, Australian musician, member of The Veronicas
Jessica Savitch, American TV journalist
Jessica Simpson, American pop singer and actress
Jessica Stroup, American actress and model
Jessica Sutta, dancer/singer of Pussycat Dolls
Jessica Tandy, American actress
Jessica Tyler, a Canadian actress, singer and songwriter
Jessica Jane Willis "Jess", American singer, songwriter, dancer and musician

Jessica in song, story & screen: | Edit

"Who's that girl? Who's that girl? It's Jess!" - New Girl (TV show)

"Jessica", song by Graham Colton Band
"Jessica", song by the Allman Brothers
"Jessica", song by Dir en Grey
"Jessica", song by Ray Dylan (Afrikaans singer, South African)

"Asking Jessica to Be Official", song by hellogoodbye

"We Made You" Song By Eminem
Jessica Lovejoy, character on "The Simpsons"

Mambo No. 5 - Jessica said in lyrics!!!
"A little bit of Jessica here I am
A little bit of you makes me your man…"

Jessica of the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death, portrayed by actress Zohra Lampert

Jessica Albert, from the Dragon Quest VIII video game

Jessica "Jess" Day, character on "New Girl"

Jessica Drew, the original Spider Woman

Jessica Jones, from the Marvel Comics series Alias

Jessica Rabbit, from Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Jessica "Jessi" Ramsey from The Baby-Sitters Club book series

Jessica "Jessie" Spano from the television series Saved by the Bell
Jessica Wakefield from the Sweet Valley book series

Jessica Sherawat is one of the main characters in Resident Evil Revelations game.
Jessica Dilaurentis TV series Pretty Little Liars
Jessica Stanley, from the Twilight saga

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