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Quick Facts on Jessica

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • English, Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 163
Simple meaning:
Foresight, clairvoyance

Characteristics of Jessica

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jessica

Like the name Olivia in “Twelfth Night,” Jessica is another female name that was apparently first coined by William Shakespeare at the end of the 16th century; this time in his play “Merchant of Venice.” In the play, Jessica is the daughter of Shylock, a Jewish moneylender and one of Shakespeare’s most memorable characters. It’s not clear where Shakespeare sourced the name, but it’s presumably intended to be a distinctly Jewish sounding name. It is thought that he took the name from a minor character in the Bible “Iscah,” Abraham’s niece in Genesis. Two elements of the original Hebrew name Yiskāh roughly translates to "foresight", or “clairvoyance.”

Popularity of the Name Jessica

Jessica has been on the Top 1000 list for over a century, but fairly erratically until the 1940’s when it finally seems to take hold. The name tenaciously climbs the charts for three decades and hits the Top 100 in 1970. By 1976 the name hits the Top 10 and for the next 25 years it parks itself there demonstrating its massive popularity. The name Jessica pretty much dominated the U.S. popularity charts for twenty years during the 1980’s and 1990’s. It held the #1 spot for nine years on-and-off, ostensibly in a battle for the top spot with its main competitor Ashley. Jessica is apparently losing its luster with American parents today, probably due to overuse. The name may be slipping out of the coveted Top 100; nonetheless, it continues to be an attractive choice. The modern-day “pretty girls” in pop-culture Jessica Alba, Jessica Biel and Jessica Simpson certainly help raise the name’s appeal.
Popularity of the Girl Name Jessica
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jessica

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jessica

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jessica

    Jessica (The Merchant of Venice) Jessica is the daughter of the usurious Shylock in The Merchant of Venice, who detests her father’s business, money-lending, and calls living in his house “hell”. Like a latter-day rebellious teenager, she plots to steal money from him and run away. Shylock, of course, is not exactly a model father. He certainly loves her, but he is also a revengeful man who extracts a promise of “a pound of flesh” as repayment of a loan he has made to the title character. Jessica finds a redemption of sorts by eloping with Lorenzo and converting to Christianity for him.

    Jessica Atreides (Dune) Lady Jessica is an important character in the hugely popular Dune science fiction series by Frank Herbert, later perpetuated by his son, Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson. Born and bred to be a breeder of a female child, Jessica defies the Bene Gesserit Sisterhood and actually falls in love with her assigned spouse, the Duke, Leto, with whom she has a son, Paul Atreides. Her aberration leads to galaxy changing events, and she is reviled for centuries as having committed “The Jessica Crime”, i.e., falling in love.

  • Popular Songs on Jessica

    Popular Songs on Jessica

    Jessica - an instrumental song by The Allman Brothers Band

    Jessica - an instrumental song by Herbie Hancock

    Jessica - a song by The Beau Brummels

    Jessica - a song by Seals & Crofts

    Jessica - a song by Jewel

    Jessica - a song by Meredith Brooks

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jessica

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jessica

    100th Day Worries (Cuyler) - Jessica is a worrier. She worries about everything, and that includes what to bring to class for 100th Day. Nothing she can think of seems right. 100 ice cubes? Too melty. 100 marshmallows? Too sticky. 100 toothpicks? Too pointy. Come count, add, and multiply with Jessica as she, with the help of her family, finds the perfect answer to her 100th Day worries. Recommended for ages 4-6.

    Daphne's Book (Mary Downing Hahn) - Daphne is the weird girl in Jessica's class--the one no one wants to talk to or even be seen with. But when the girls are assigned to be partners in the Write-a-Book contest at school, they find they have a lot in common and start spending time together outside of the project. As their friendship deepens, Jessica stumbles on a terrible secret about Daphne's life. Jessica promises not to tell anyone. But sometimes it takes a true friend to break a promise instead of keeping one. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Jessica (Kevin Henkes) - Ruthie has a pretend friend Jessica who goes with her everywhere, even to school with her on her first day. You will never guess who she meets there! Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Jessica the Jazz Fairy (Daisy Meadows) - The Dance Fairies' magic ribbons are missing! Without them, all kinds of dances are getting off on the wrong foot. Everyone is miserable, except for Jack Frost and his goblins. They have the ribbons . . . and it's up to Rachel and Kirsty to get them back! Rachel and Kirsty are jazzed about helping Jessica find her special ribbon. But the goblins are just as eager to keep it for themselves! Find the magic ribbon in each book, and help keep the Dance Fairies on their toes! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jessica's X-Ray (Pat Zonta) - It's a great idea: introduce real X rays in a picture book and explain them in the story. When Jessica, six, falls and breaks her arm, the doctor orders X rays. At first she's scared, but a reassuring technician explains how everything works. Integrated with the fictional story are actual X rays of a child's arm and hand, and kids will want to talk with an adult about what the transparencies show ("Can you see where Jessica's arm is broken? Can you see where her bones are growing?"). Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Jessica

    Famous People Named Jessica

    Famous People Named Jessica - Jessica Tanday (actress); Jessica Lange (actress); Jessica Alba (actress); Jessica Biel (actress); Jessica McClure (aka "Baby Jessica"); Jessica Mitford (author); Jessica Simpson (singer/actress/businesswoman); Jessica Walter (actress)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jessica

    Children of Famous People Named Jessica

    Famous People who Named their Daughter Jessica - Anthony Andrews (actor); Betty Grable (actress); Bruce Springsteen (musician); Claude Rains (actor); Davey Jones (singer/actor); Debbi Fields (businesswoman); Gregory Hines (actor/dancer); J.K. Rowling (author); Jeff Bridges (actor); Joe Namath (football player); Justin Wilson (racecar driver); Kate Capshaw (actress); Lorna Luft (actress/singer); Lynda Carter (actress); Marie Osmond (singer/entertainer); Ozzy Osbourne (musician); Roseanne (actress/comic); Steven Spielberg (director)

  • Historic Figures

    Jessica - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

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

Personality of the Girl Name Jessica

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jessica

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