Jessica Name Meaning & Origin


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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Jay/J, Jessie/Jessy, Jess, Jessi

Meanings and history of the name Jessica

Jessica is a name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift”, “God beholds”. The 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 “foresight”, or being able to see the potential in the future.

Famous real-life people named Jessica

Jessica Abel, American comic book writer and artist
Jessica Alba, American actress
Jessica Biel, American actress
Jessica Capshaw, American actress
Jessica Chastain, American actress
Jessica Cornish (Jessie J), British singer
Jessica Fodera, American rock singer-songwriter
Jessica Marais, Australian actress
Jessica Hart, Australian model
Jessica Harp, American country singer-songwriter and guitarist
Jessica Jung, South Korean-American main vocalist of South Korean pop girl group Girls' Generation
Jessica Lange, American actress
Jessica Origliasso, Australian musician, member of The Veronicas
Jessica Steen, Canadian Film and tv Actress, best known for her role as “Lisa Stillman in Heartland”
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

"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
Jessica Riley is a main character in the video game "Until Dawn"
Jessica Vale, Preview from the X-Men comics

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