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Quick Facts on Jesus

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 106
Simple meaning:
To save, salvation

Characteristics of Jesus

  • Inspirational
  • Highly Intuitive
  • Spiritual Teacher
  • Extremely Bright
  • Uplifting
  • Truth-seeker

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jesus

The given name Jesus obviously needs very little by way of explanation; the origin is clear – Jesus is the central figure in Christianity. However, Jesus as a given name is distinct to Spanish-speaking cultures and usually rendered with an accented “U” as in Jesús and is pronounced hay-SOOS). In the English-speaking world, Jesus is not used as a given name. The name originates from the Hebrew “Yeshua” which made its way to the Greeks in the form of “Iēsous” and then to the Latin “Iesus.” From there, the “J” was added and became “Jesus” in most of the European languages. The name’s etymological origin is found in the Hebrew words “ys” (to save) and “yesua” (salvation). In Matthew 1:20-21, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream informing him that Mary’s pregnancy has been divinely orchestrated and that he is to name their son Jesus, “for he will save his people from their sins” – indicating that the name had not been selected arbitrarily.

Popularity of the Name Jesus

As mentioned above, people of English-speaking origin won’t use Jesus as a personal name; it makes them squirm with discomfort. Somehow taboo. The closest they come to using Jesus is by way of the name “Joshua.” People of Hispanic decent, however, fully embrace the given name Jesús for their little boys as a genuinely heartfelt demonstration of their reverence to Jesus. The name has become so popular within the Latino-American culture, that “hay-SOOS” feels like just another boys name with Spanish flair so in some cases, it may not even be tied to religion. In any case, it’s clearly the Spanish-speaking Americans, or those of Hispanic/Latino origin, driving the popularity of this name. Jesus has been on the U.S. popularity graph for over a century. The name received moderate usage at the turn of the last century, but fast-forward to this century with the growing Latino population in America, you'll find that Jesus sits squarely on the list of Top 100 most favored boys’ names.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jesus
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jesus

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jesus

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jesus

    Jesus Christ (Paradise Lost) In John Milton’s great literary achievement, "Paradise Lost" (an epic poem first published in 1667), the depiction of Jesus Christ is worthy of mention. He is the God the Son but never named explicitly since he has not yet entered in human form, and John Milton's second part of the Trinity. The hero of the epic, Jesus is infinitely powerful and delivers the fatal blow to Satan’s forces, sending them down into Hell, before the creation of Earth. When the fall of man is predicted and told to Adam and Eve, Jesus sacrifices himself to pay for the sins of mankind, so that God the Father can be both just and merciful. In the final scene, a vision this of Salvation through the Son of God is revealed to Adam by the angel Michael.

    Jesus Maria Corcoran (Tortilla Flat) Jesus is a character in John Steinbeck’s 1935 novel, “Tortilla Flat,” a book about a group of California paisanos during the period following World War I. The paisanos that Steinbeck describes with great humor and affection are a group of young men of Mexican-Indian-Spanish-Caucasian mixture (purely Californian). Among the ruffians of Tortilla Flat is the humanitarian of the group, Jesus Maria Corcoran. Certainly, his name was not arbitrarily selected by Steinbeck. Jesus Maria is constantly doing all that he can to help those less fortunate than himself and finding ways to put this compassion to use.

  • Popular Songs on Jesus

    Popular Songs on Jesus

    American Jesus - a song by Bad Religion

    Black Jesus - a song by Everlast

    Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand) - a song by Elvis Presley

    Chocolate Jesus - a song by Tom Waits

    Doctor Jesus - a song by Randy Travis

    Drugs or Jesus - a song by Tim McGraw

    Fairest Lord Jesus - a song by Amy Grant

    Happy Birthday Jesus - a song by Alabama

    Happy Birthday Jesus - a song by Reba McEntire

    Hey Jesus - a song by the Indigo Girls

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jesus

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jesus

    If Jesus Lived Inside My Heart (Jill Roman Lord) - If Jesus lived inside our hearts, would it show? This delightful little story explores just that as the toddlers in the story learn to be kind and generous in a variety of situations. This is the third in a series of board books that parents can use as an introduction to Jesus and the ways in which we can have a personal relationship with him. Recommended for ages 2-5.

    Jesus Wants Me for a Sunbeam (Hans Wilhelm) - From acclaimed author and illustrator Hans Wilhelm comes a charming picture book for children. Beautifully illustrated and based on the well-known hymn, this book will be read again and again. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Jesus Storybook Bible: Every Story Whispers His Name (Sally Lloyd-Jones) - ''The Jesus Storybook Bible’ is unlike any other storybook. True, that's to be expected when you combine the mesmerizing illustrations of Jago and the award-winning writing of Sally Lloyd-Jones, a Brit with an uncanny knack for storytelling. Not only is each story as vividly illustrated as it is portrayed, but also each tale is telling one Big Story---the Story of Jesus. Even the Old Testament stories of 'The young hero and the horrible giant' and 'Daniel and the scary sleepover' come full circle to Jesus, the greatest Hero, King, Lover and Rescuer the world has ever known. Recommended for ages 4-8. Spanish version available.

  • Famous People Named Jesus

    Famous People Named Jesus

    Famous People Named Jesus - Jesus Christ (religious icon); Jesús Franco (Spanish film director); Jesús Alou (baseball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jesus

    Children of Famous People Named Jesus

    Famous People who Named their Son Jesus - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jesus.

  • Historic Figures

    Jesus - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jesus from the Bible (1st Century) - Jesus of Nazareth is the central figure of the New Testament, and around whom the religion Christianity was created. The four Gospels that begin the New Testament chronicle Jesus’s life until his resurrection, and the remainder of the New Testament describes the growing followers of Jesus after his death. Jesus was born in a small town in the foothills of Galilee as the son of a carpenter. His story is at once fascinating and inspiring. He is the Messiah (anointed one from the Greek word “Christos”) whose death brings deliverance from the sins of mankind. His is a message of caring for the downtrodden, loving ones enemies and kindness toward all strangers is a powerfully simple message. So what did Jesus teach? A lot, and more than can be summarized here. Some illustrative examples would be “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you” (Luke 6:31); “Turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39); and “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).

Personality of the Boy Name Jesus

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jesus

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