Quick Facts on Jessie
- English, Scottish
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Foresight; or God is gracious
Characteristics of Jessie
- The Master Builder
- Large Undertakings
Etymology & Historical Origin - Jessie
Jessie is a unisex name and comes at each of the two genders from different places. From a masculine perspective, Jessie is an alternate spelling of Jesse from the Hebrew “Yishai” meaning “gift”. Jesse is an ancient Hebrew name borne from the Biblical Old Testament [1 Samuel 16] as the father of King David. According to the New Testament, Jesus is descended from David, so in Christian tradition then the Messiah would be descended from Jesse, as well. In the Bible, the prophet Samuel invites Jesse to a sacrifice before God. Jesse is asked to present his sons one-by-one before the Lord, but each are rejected. After seven sons are put forth, Jesse is asked if he has any more. The last and youngest is David, and when God sees the boy, he says “Arise, anoint him, for this is he” (1 Samuel 16:12). At that moment, Jesse becomes the father of the future King of Israel. The name’s meaning is fitting from this perspective: Jesse gave God the “gift” of his son. From a female perspective, Jessie is considered a short form for Jessica, but in Scotland it has also been used as a diminutive for Jean (a medieval variant of Jane). Jessica is a literary creation of William Shakespeare probably from a Hebrew name meaning “clairvoyance, foresight” and Jean/Jane are female forms of John meaning “God is gracious”. Either way, Jessie has been in constant use for both genders in all English speaking nations; although it tends to favor the girls ever so slightly.
Popularity of the Name Jessie
Darling Jessie is actually quite old-fashioned for females. For instance, way back in 1880 she was the 36th most commonly used name for girls. This surprised us because Jessie has such a modern, laid-back nicknamey quality to her. The name fell off the Top 100 list in 1928 and began a long and steady decline before reversing her course and showing improvement again in the late 1970s and early 80s. In 1981 the name shot up nearly 100 positions after soap-opera heartthrob Rick Springfield released his mega-hit song “Jessie’s Girl” in February of that year. However, since the mid-1990s Jessie started to decline in popularity once again and is now at the lowest point she’s ever been on the charts in her 130+ year history. Jessie is one of those pet forms that work well as a stand-alone name (like Mollie or Maggie). It’s a friendly, casual name with one part sweet charm and two parts tomboy.
Popularity of the Girl Name Jessie
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jessie
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jessie
Jessie We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jessie.
Popular Songs on Jessie
Dear Jessie - a song by Madonna
For Little Jessie - a song by Jerry Jeff Walker
Hey Jessie - a song by Debby Ryan
Jesse - a song by Carly Simon
Jesse - a song by Joan Baez
Jesse James - a song by Bruce Springsteen
Jessie - a song by Joshua Kadison
Jessie - a song by Neal McCoy
Jessie & My Whetstone - a song by Saves The Day
Jessie's Girl - a song by Rick Springfield
Kim & Jessie - a song by M83
Poor Jessie - a song by Peter Keane
Simply Jessie - a song by Rex Smith
Song for Jesse - a song by Nick Cave & Warren Ellis
That's Just Jessie - a song by Kevin Denney
Whispering Jesse - a song by John Denver
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jessie
Jessie Benton Fremont: California Pioneer (Marguerite Higgins) - Any history of California is incomplete without the story of this dynamic woman who was one of the state's first notable pioneer figures. Jessie Benton Fremont was witty, intelligent, gracious, and beautiful. Along with her husband, John C. Fremont, Jessie was passionate about abolition and together their efforts assured California's admission to the Union as a free state. She authored all her husband's exploratory journals of the West and was intimately involved in his political endeavors as well. Jessie was presented at court in both England and France, lived in pioneer tents during the Gold Rush, had audiences with Lincoln, and acted as army nurse during the Civil War. Her story is written for young people by another dynamic woman, Marguerite Higgins, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author who covered WWII, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Recommended for ages 12+
Jessie's Island (Sheryl McFarlane) - Told with lyric simplicity, this story is more than a celebration of West Coast life. At a time when our children's entertainment has become increasingly formal and high-tech, Jessie's Island reminds us of the joy of unstructured play and the pleasures to be found in the natural world around us. Recommended for ages 4-8.
Jessie's Mountain (Kerry Madden) - Livy Two has always dreamed of becoming a singer, and her decision to run off to Nashville’s Music Row is made with confidence. She figures the money she’ll bring home will buy the family’s house as well as forgiveness for running away. The Nashville adventure is a disaster, though; even her cherished guitar is stolen. Livy Two takes her failure hard, but finds comfort in the girlhood diary of her mother, Jessie. Outraged to discover that young Jessie had dreams now long-forgotten, Livy Two puts the whole family to work and makes Mama’s ultimate dream come true. Recommended for ages 8-11.
When Jessie Came Across the Sea (Amy Hest) - "Hest simply and faithfully holds a mirror to the milestone event for millions of turn-of-the-century immigrants.” Said Publisher’s Weekly in their starred review. When a young girl from a poor eastern European village learns that she must leave her beloved grandmother for a new life - and a new love - in America, they both feel that their hearts will break. The sure and inspired narrative by award-winning author Amy Hest is paired with paintings by P.J. Lynch that glow with warmth and carefully observed detail, creating an unforgettable tribute to the immigrant experience. Recommended for ages 6-9.
Famous People Named Jessie
Famous People Named Jessie - Jessie J (English singer/songwriter); Jessie Bond (English singer/actress); Jessie Buckley (Irish singer); Jessie James (country singer/songwriter); Jessie Matthews (English actress); Jessie Royce Landis (actress); Jessie Tuggle (football player); Jessie Willcox Smith (artist)
Children of Famous People Named Jessie
Famous People Who Named Their Child Jessie - Sean Combs (music mogul); Caryl Mack Parker (country musician); John Denver (musician); Woodrow Wilson (U.S. President)
Jessie - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jessie - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jessie.
Personality of the Girl Name Jessie
The Master Number Twenty-Two combines the traits of Twos and Fours into a powerful force. The references to The Master Builder and "large undertakings" serve to underscore the massive potential of this personality. They are extremely capable and therefore almost always successful. Twenty-Twos are courageous leaders, innovative thinkers, extremely wise and highly organized. As such, they are able to manifest something of major importance that will have a lasting impact on this world. Master Numbers carry with them a great sense of responsibility, so it can be a burden. However, Twenty-Twos are executors and action-takers. Further, this personality exhibits traits of the Twos, which brings sensitivity, spirituality and harmony, so their endeavors are likely to benefit mankind in some capacity.
Variations of the Baby Name - Jessie