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Its source is Yishai, a Hebrew name meaning "Gift."
Nickname For: Jesse
The name Jess ranked 509th in popularity for males of all ages in a sample of the 1990 US Census.
Though this name has fluctuated in use, it has been quietly present throughout the last century.
Some authorities believe that the Hebrew name Yaasai (meaning ''God lives'') was the source of Jesse.
Its source is Iscah, a Hebrew name meaning "He beholds."
Nickname For: Jessica
William Shakespeare invented the modern name Jessica for Shylock's daughter in his play The Merchant of Venice. Though he may have intended it to denote a typical Jewish girl, the name has become popular with all ethnic groups.
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