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Pronunciation

ʤɛsɪkə

Origin

English, German, Italian, Scandinavian, French

Meaning

This delicate and delightful name's first written record is in Shakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice', and that alone gives it a definite touch of literary class. It is said that Shakespeare based it on the old Hebrew name Isca, which means the inspiring 'to behold'. Wonderfully youthful and natural, and with its pretty singing sound, Jessica was very popular in the mid-1980s, which makes it today less often heard for little children, and so sweetly special.

Rank in the year 2015

Jessica was ranked #444 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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