Jessica is a form of the name Iscah.|
The first known use of Jessica was in the play 'The Merchant of Venice' where it is the name of the daughter of the character Shylock. It is believed that Shakespeare invented the name and probably based it on the Hebrew name Iscah. In the Old Testament, Iscah or Yiskah, is the name of Abraham's niece.
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".
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.
Jessica falls into the easy nickname name category.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Jessica Lange.