The meaning of the name “Jessica” is: “Wealthy; Foresight, God Beholds”.
Additional information: Jessica, a feminine name, was first coined by Shakespeare in The Merchant of Venice, and he most likely took it from the Hebrew name Iscah, which would have been written as ‘Iesca’ in Shakespeare’s day. The meaning of Iscah is ‘to behold’ or ‘foresight’. Jessica is also the feminine form of Jesse, Jesca, a name found in the Bible, as the name of Haran's daughter. These names are derived from the Hebrew 'yīshai', meaning "gift". Another explanation of the name is that it's another form of Jessie, or a pet form of Janet and Jean. Common nicknames and diminutives for Jessica are Jess, Jessie, and Jessa, and the most used alternative spelling is Jessika. Jessika is also the German spelling of the name; other foreign variants are Gessica (Italian), Iekika (Hawaiian), and Yessica (Spanish). Jessica is commonly misspelled as ‘Jesica’, ‘Jesscia’, and ‘Jessicca’.
Jessica was most popular in the USA from the late seventies until the late nineties, where it never fell out of the top ten feminine names and was the most popular name for girls between 1985 and 1990, and again between 1993 and 1995. The name also entered the top 1000 names for boys in the USA during the same time frame. Jessica’s popularity has fallen sharply since the start of the 21st century – it has not been a popular masculine name since 1991, and it was the 179th most popular name for girls in the USA in 2014. However, Jessica is still a very popular girls name in England and Wales, remaining in the top ten names since 1996, and sitting at sixth in 2013.
Famous people with the name Jessica include Jessica Ennis (British Olympic athlete), Jessica Simpson (American musician and actress), Jessica Alba (American actress), and Jessica Biel (American actress). Famous fictional characters named Jessica include Jessica Rabbit from the Roger Rabbit franchise, Jessica Sanders from Heroes, and the origin of the name, the daughter of Shylock from Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice.
There is an urban legend that, in the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, the animators included a few frames of Jessica Rabbit not wearing underwear. The frames in question are, most likely, an incident of forgetting to colour in the underwear and instead leaving it the colour of her skin, but this legend persists as the animators providing tongue in cheek Easter eggs for eager eyed viewers – as the frames need to be viewed frame by frame to catch it, this seems unlikely.
Pronunciation: (JESS ih kah) Form of: Itself (Jessica) Celebrity Names & Famous real-life people:
Jessica Capshaw, American actress, best known for her role as Jamie Stringer in The Practice and Dr. Arizona Robbins on the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy
Jessica Lange, actress
Jessica Alba, actress
Jessica Biel, actress
Jessica Simpson, singer
Jessica Tandy, actress
Jessica Rabbit, animated character
Jessica Hart, Australian Model.
Considering Jessica as a Baby Name?
The first thing you should know if you are considering Jessica for your baby's name is that in most countries all over the world the name Jessica is a girl name.
The name Jessica is of Hebrew, Literary origins, which means it has more than one root, and is used mostly in English speaking countries but also in a few other countries and languages of the world.
If you consider naming your baby Jessica we recommend you take note of the special meaning and history of the name as your baby’s name will play a big role in its life and your baby will hear it spoken every day. Searching for a name is a very important and fun process as it’s the very first gift you will give to your baby. Many people believe that the name can affect success in life, through their children's working career and other circumstances, so they choose more “respectable” names or name meanings as they believe that the name meaning reflects the personality of the child.
Jessica Name Meaning
The meaning of Jessica is “Wealthy; Foresight, God Beholds”. Keep in mind that many names may have different meanings in other countries and languages, so be careful that the name that you choose doesn’t mean something bad or unpleasant. Search comprehensively and find the name meaning of Jessica and its name origin or of any other name in our database. Also note the spelling and the pronunciation of the name Jessica and check the initials of the name with your last name to discover how it looks and sounds. The history and meaning of the name Jessica is fascinating, learn more about it. (If you know more meanings of the name and you would like to contribute click here to submit another name meaning).
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Name Jessica Categories
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Popularity of the Name Jessica
Below you will find the popularity of the baby name Jessica displayed annually, from 1880 to the present day in our name popularity chart. Hover over or click on the dots that represent a year to see how many babies were given the name for that year, for both genders, if available.
Jessica Boy Name Popularity Chart
Jessica Girl Name Popularity Chart
Note:The data above is from the Social Security Administrator of United States, (more info here) from Social Security card applications for births in US for every name, from 1880 up to the present year. The gender associated with the name might be incorrect, as the data presents the record applications without being edited for errors. The name's popularity and ranking is announced annually, so the data for this year will not be available until next year. The more babies that are given a name, the higher popularity ranking the name receives. For names with the same popularity, the tie is solved by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. This means that if two or more names have the same popularity their rankings may differ significantly, as they are set in alphabetical order. If a name has less than five occurrences, the SSA excludes it from the provided data to protect privacy.
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