The name Jesus ranked 65th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of 2000-2003 Social Security Administration statistics and 129th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
This name first made its appearance on state popularity lists of the 1990s, and has been trending upward in usage ever since.
Jesus originated as a Latinate-Greek translation of the Hebrew name Yehoshua. As such, it corresponds to the English name Joshua.
Two thousand years ago, at the time of Jesus of Nazareth's ministry, his name was in common use among the Jews of Palestine. It remains a popular first name for boys among Spanish and Portuguese-speaking people around the world; Christians from other cultures, however, almost never name their sons Jesus.
Jewish teacher acclaimed by his disciples as the Messiah. He was betrayed by Judas and crucified. His followers believe he was an incarnation of God, and that his sacrifice redeemed the sins of the world.