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Origin & Meaning

The name Jessica is of Hebrew origin.

The meaning of Jessica is "Watchful, (s)he sees".  


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 179  in baby name popularity for girls with 1779 occurrences.    Less than 5 boys were given the name. 

View the Jessica Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Jessica has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Jessica to other names.


In the Old Testament, Iscah or Yiskah, is the name of Abraham's niece.

The name is the basis for the English name Jessica.

The BDB Theological Dictionary considers the etymology "dubious".

NOBS Study Bible Name List derives the meaning from a verb that does not appear in the scriptures, the verb sakkah (סכה) which means to look at and translates the name to mean "watchful".

Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names also derives the names' meaning from the verb sakkah (סכה) and translates the meaning as "she will see" or "she will look out".

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Jessica is a form of the name Iscah.

Variants of the name Jessica include Jessaca, Jessah, Jessalyn, Jessalynn, Jesscia, Jesseca, Jesseka, Jessenia, Jesseyca, Jessi, Jessicca, Jessicia, Jessika, Jessisa, Jessiya, Yesica, Yessica.

The names Iekika, Yessenia are all forms of Jessica.

Jessica has the diminutives (nicknames) Jess, Jessa.

Other Tidbits

Jessica falls into the easy nickname name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Jessica Lange.

Name Fun

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Be creative with the name Jessica.

Just for fun, see the name Jessica in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

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Hebrew names have their origins in either the Old Testament or modern Hebrew vocabulary.

Local language versions of biblical names of Hebrew origin such as Hannah and David are still widely internationally popular today.

Modern Hebrew names are often derived from Hebrew vocabulary, for example Aviva (spring) and Dov (bear).

Children of Jewish heritage are usually given a Hebrew name for religious purposes and are sometimes also given a local language version of that name for secular purposes.

By custom, Ashkenazi Jews (Jews of German or Eastern European descent) name their children after deceased relatives. This is in order to honor the deceased relative, keep their name and memory alive, and to form a bond between the soul of the baby and the deceased relative so that they can live on within the newer generation.

Sephardic Jews (Jews of Spain, Portugal and the Middle East) in contrast, name their children after living relatives or deceased relatives. The father's parents names are generally used first and then the mother's parents names.

Neither Ashkenazi or Sephardic Jews will name a baby after one of the parents.

After a child is born, the father is given an aliyah (religious honor to bless the reading of the Torah). After this a blessing is said for the health of the mother and child. If the baby is a girl, she is named at this time. If the baby is a boy, he will be named during his brit milah (ritual circumcision) generally eight days after birth.