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Jessica Meaning


What does Jessica mean?

The name Jessica is of Hebrew origin.

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

Jessica is generally used as a girl's name.

It consists of 7 letters and 3 syllables and is pronounced Je-ssi-ca.

The Given Name Jessica

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 an anglicized form Jescha of the Hebrew name Yiskah.

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

Jessica falls into the easy nickname name category.

Some famous bearers of this name include: Jessica Alba, Jessica Alonso Bernardo, and Jessica Biel.

Jessica Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 312 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,057 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 248 in baby name popularity for girls with 1,278 occurrences. Less than 5 boys were given the name.

The trend's your friend. See how Jessica has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Jessica Name Popularity Page.

Jessica Related Names

Variants of the name Jessica include Iscah, Jesica, Jesicah, Jesika, Jesikah, Jesokah, Jessaca, Jessah, Jessalyn, Jessalynn, Jesscia, Jesseca, Jesseka, Jessenia, Jesseyca, Jessi, Jessicca, Jessicia, Jessisa, Jessiya, Yesica, Yessica.

The names Iekika, Jessika, Yessenia, Yiskah are all forms of Jessica.

Jessica has the diminutives (nicknames) Jess, Jessa.

Famous Jessicas

  • Jessica Alba ~ Actress
  • Jessica Alonso Bernardo ~ Handball Player
  • Jessica Biel ~ Actress
  • Jessica Brown Findlay ~ Actress
  • Jessica Capshaw ~ Actress
  • Jessica Chastain ~ Actress
  • Jessica Durlacher ~ Writer
  • Jessica Lange ~ Actress
  • Jessica Pare ~ Actress
  • Jessica Rabbit ~ Who Framed Roger Rabbit? character, Who Censored Roger Rabbit? character
  • Jessica Steen ~ Actress
  • Jessica Tandy ~ Actress

Jessica Numerology

Want to know how your name choice may effect your child?

Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Jessica.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Jessica Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Jessica in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

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.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Jessica in Nautical Flags page.