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Quick Facts on Jasper

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 248
Simple meaning:
Treasure bringer or Spotted stone

Characteristics of Jasper

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jasper

Jasper is the English version of Caspar, the name assigned to one of the Magi bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to the baby Jesus after his birth (Caspar gave the frankincense). While the Three Wise Men’s names don’t actually appear in the Bible when the story is recounted [Matthew 2:1], it seems that they came about in medieval times based off a 5th century Greek manuscript and converted into a 9th century Latin text. The Three Kings (or Magi, Wise Men) were given the names Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. Casper comes from a Persian word Gaspar for ‘treasurer, or treasure bringer’ which makes sense as the Magi brought Jesus gifts. Alternately, Jasper is an English word for the reddish gemstone, from the Greek “iaspis” (ultimately from the Persian yašp) meaning ‘spotted or freckled stone’. The gemstone jasper is symbolic for actors, as it supposedly gives one the courage to speak out loud. It is also said to bring confidence, boldness and assertiveness. The name Jasper came to England in the Middle Ages but it never caught on with any significant popularity. Interestingly, Jasper is on the Top 100 lists in the Netherlands (pronounced YAHS-pur), Belgium and Australia.

Popularity of the Name Jasper

This offbeat name with its quirky origins has been around and in use in America for longer than we would have realized, and with respectable usage to-boot! Although Jasper has been a traditional favorite in England and Australia, the United States has relegated Jasper to more moderate use. Never a Top 100 favorite in America, Jasper has nonetheless maintained a position on the boy’s naming charts for well over 100 years. This name becomes more interesting once you realize its etymology. First of all, it’s the name of one of the three WISE men (can’t go wrong by that, can you?) Secondly, it’s one of the few, if not only, names for boys after a gem stone. That’s pretty cool because little boys are precious too! Couple things to consider though: Jasper sounds a lot like Casper (as in the ghost) and it’s also not an altogether uncommon name for pets. Jasper is more “cute” than manly and masculine. We think “Jazz” is an excellent nickname name for Jasper, too. In any case, we think you would agree that Jasper is indeed a little “treasure”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jasper
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jasper

  • Popular Songs on Jasper

    Popular Songs on Jasper

    Jasper - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Jasper.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jasper

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jasper

    Jasper & Abby: And the Great Australia Day Kerfuffle (Kevin Rudd & Rhys Muldoon) - Follow the adventures of the Prime Minister's pet cat and dog, as they try to avert one disaster after another during Australia Day celebrations at The Lodge. It was a special day at the Lodge. There was going to be a party. A big party. Abby the dog was there. Jasper the cat was there. But so was a scruffy little dog. The Prime Minister receives many letters and emails from children asking about Jasper and Abby, and he often tells his friends, colleagues, and staff stories of the antics of his family pets. Having heard these stories, Rhys Muldoon—who has been friends with Kevin Rudd for many years—encouraged the Prime Minister to write a children's book. Proceeds from this book go to The Center for Community Child Health, at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind (Caroline Adderson) - Jasper John Dooley's beloved Nan is leaving on a cruise for a whole week! He feels so pththth. All he can think about is Nan missing out on their Wednesday card game, and whether it's raining where she is, too, and if she will ever come back. But each day something happens, from a stapling mishap to a hamster escape, and Jasper realizes that waiting for someone to return from an adventure takes forever ? unless you're having an adventure, too. Jasper John Dooley: Left Behind is the second in a series of chapter books featuring a charismatic and funny central character. An only child with active, loving parents (and a most impressive lint collection), Jasper John Dooley is a true original. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week (Caroline Adderson) - At last, it's Jasper John Dooley's turn to be Star of the Week at school. Unfortunately, nothing turns out as planned. His Show and Tell falls flat. A new baby at his friend Ori's house steals his spotlight. And worst of all, the new baby has only-child Jasper wondering if his own family is too small. When Jasper decides to build himself a brother (named Earl) out of wood, Earl's schoolyard shenanigans send Jasper to the principal's office! But with a little help from family and friends, things turn around for Jasper. And by the time Friday arrives, he is once again sure that he has what it takes to be a star. Jasper John Dooley: Star of the Week is the first in a series of chapter books featuring a charismatic and funny central character. An only child with active, loving parents (and a most impressive lint collection), Jasper John Dooley is a true original. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Jasper's Day (Marjorie Blain Parker) - Today Riley's family is celebrating Jasper's Day. Everything they do will be in honor of Jasper -- sort of like a birthday. But it isn't Jasper's birthday. The old dog's cancer has gotten really bad. Riley knows they can't let him suffer any longer, but letting go will be the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Marjorie Blain Parker's tender story is filled with smiles, tears and the joy of special memories, and Janet Wilson's gentle pastels capture the depth of love shared by a boy and his dog. Together, they speak of acceptance, remembrance and the importance of cherishing life's every moment. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Jasper's Story: Saving Moon Bears (Jill Robinson & Marc Bekoff) - For years Jasper, a moon bear, lived a miserable existence, held captive in a cage by bear farmers in rural China. The farmers extracted the bile from Jasper's body and sold it to be used in traditional medicines. It's a horrific practice and conducted on thousands of moon bears each year. But now Jasper has the chance to be free and live a life away from pain and torture. In 2000, Animals Asia, an animal welfare organization, rescued Jasper and other captive moon bears, taking them to its Moon Bear Rescue Centre. Here veterinarians attended to the bears' wounds, hoping to give them some chance of a peaceful existence in the animal sanctuary. But after so many years of abuse Jasper's wounds, both physical and mental, are extensive. Can Jasper mend his body and mind and finally enjoy the life he was meant to live? Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Jasper: The Story of a Mule (Meredith Hodges) - This wholesome story introduces young readers to Jasper the Mule and all his human and animal friends. Jasper's adventures shares valuable lessons about life and love and are ideal for kids of all ages. Family friendly and heart-warming. Beautifully illustrated by Tennessee Mule Artist Bonnie Shields, the 245-page book is designed to endure for generations. Recommended for ages uncertain.

    Jaspers Beanstalk (Nick Butterworth) - Jasper plants a bean. He waits for it to grow into a beanstalk all week. How long will he have to wait before he can start looking for giants? Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Jasper

    Famous People Named Jasper

    Famous People Named Jasper - Jasper "Jack" Daniel (whiskey maker); Jasper Johns (artist); Jasper Carrott (English comedian); Jasper Fforde (British novelist); Jasper Conran (English fashion designer); Jasper Redd (American comedian); Jasper Grosvenor (American businessman); Jesper Parnevik (Swedish golfer); Jasper Harvey (football player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jasper

    Children of Famous People Named Jasper

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Jasper - Don Johnson (actor); Jason Robards (actor); Suzy Amis (actress); Victoria Rowell (actress); Wynton Marsalis (jazz musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Jasper - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jasper - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jasper.

Personality of the Boy Name Jasper

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jasper

  • No Variations Found.
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