Jessica: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Jessica | Girls
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).
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My name is Jessica growing up I only knew one other Jessica and that was my cousin. Know that I am twenty two I hear the name Jessica countless times! My daughters best friends name is Jessica she says there is four Jessicas in her class so its beggining to get used a lot more nowadays!
Jessica is my name and it has worn out. I ask to be called Jess and get called Jessie, i guess Jess is too masculine? I married an Andrew (another over popular 80s name) and now we have a son named Hendrix. We couldn't stand the thought of him being in a class of several other same name children the only difference being the first letter of the last name. I was also a Jessica Do for a couple of years as there was jessica Du and jessica De... that was not fun
Being born in 1987, when the name Jessica was at its peak, you would think that I would have run into hundreds of Jessica's. But I am currently in my 4th year of college and from preschool on, I have only ever been in school with one other Jessica. I love my name, and luckily haven't had any problems with its supposed over popularity! I've never liked the nickname Jessie though.
Though pretty, this name is far too common. Because of this, I prefer people to call me by my middle name to avoid confusion.
My middle name is Jessica and I would much rather it was my first name.
My daughter's name is Jessica and I love her name as much as I did when she was born in 1989. One thing that surprised me was all the different nicknames our family has for her. There is Jessie, Jess and Jessica, and I have caught myself saying all three names in a short conversation with her. I actually liked the name Jessie but named her Jessica as a formality. If I had a boy I was going to name him Jesse.
I have never been the only Jessica anywhere--at work, school, church, there is always at least 1 (and often several) more Jessica(s). I think theoretically it's a pretty name, but in practice I find it annoyingly common.
I love my name and wouldn't change it for anything. Even my husband's exwife is named Jessica.. He just can't get away from us! But I agree it's way too popular and I've always known another Jessica some where.. I get confused for Jennifer's sometimes too, that really annoys me!
My name is Jessyckah pronounced the same way as Jessica. My mother spelt my name this way so i was unique from the rest of the Jessicas.
I think Jessica is such an awesome name. I know a Jessica and she's so cool and really hilarious. I'm really glad that I know her because she makes my life so much less boring and I have so much fun with her. She's fantastical and has a great personality. People are stupid if they don't want to get to know her. I love the name even if it is fairly common.
I'm probably the only one, but I think Jessica is a trashy name, I guess because I new a really mean, obnoxious girl named Jessica for years. She was mean and superficial, and I just hatted her, and I can't hear the name without thinking of her.
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Jay, Jessie, Jess, Jessi, Jessy, Essika, Yesiska, Jessita, Jessa, Jazzy, Jessa, Jez, JC
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God's Grace (Hebrew).
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.
- Famous real-life people named Jessica: | Edit
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 Gomes, Australian model
Jessica Harp, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
Jessica Jung , American pop singer, member of Girls Generation
Jessica Lange, American actress
Jessica Lowndes, Canadian actress and singer-songwriter
Jessica Ennis, British Olympic Champion in the 2012 heptathlon.
Jessica Mauboy, Australian singer
Jessica Origliasso, Australian musician, member of The Veronicas
Jessica Mitford, British writer.
Jessica Simpson, American pop singer and actress
Jessica Stroup, American actress and model
Jessica Sutta, American dancer and singer, member of Pussycat Dolls
Jessica Szohr, American actress
Jessica Tandy, English-American actress
Jessica Walter, American actress
- Jessica in song, story & screen: | Edit
"Jessica", song by Graham Colton Band
"Jessica", song by the Allman Brothers
"Jessica", song by Dir en Grey
"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
Jeshika of Familiar of Zero
Jessica of the 1971 cult horror film Let's Scare Jessica to Death, portrayed by actress Zohra Lampert
Jessica 6, was the leading lady in the movie Logan's Run
Jessica Albert, from the Dragon Quest VIII video game
Lady Jessica, from Frank Herbert's Dune universe
Jessica Bennett, from the soap opera Passions
Jessica Buchanan, from the soap opera One Life to Live
Jessica Drew, the original Spider Woman
Jessica Fletcher, a novelist and the protagonist of Murder, She Wrote
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 Sanders of the television series Heroes
Jessica "Jessie" Spano from the television series Saved by the Bell
Jessica Wakefield from the Sweet Valley book series
Jessie's Girl by Rick Springfield
Jesse by Carly Simon
Jessica Darling, protagonist in the "Sloppy Firsts" series by Megan McCafferty
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Global Popularity of the Name Jessica
- #4 in Northern Ireland
- #5 in England
- #9 in New Zealand
- #12 in Scotland
- #13 in Wales
- #16 in Australia (New South Wales)
- #18 in Australia (Victoria)
- #19 in Canada (Ontario)
- #20 in Ireland
- #27 in Canada (British Columbia)
- #43 in Canada (Alberta)
- #59 in Austria
- #59 in United States
- #82 in Germany
- #107 in Canada (Quebec)
- #163 in Norway