Jesse Family History
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Jesse Name Meaning
North German: from a short form of the personal name Jesper, a Low German form of Kaspar. South German: from a reduced form of the personal name Johannes (see John). Eastern German (of Slavic origin): topographic name from Czech jes(en) ‘ash tree’. English: from a short form of Jessup. French: from Old French jaisse ‘chick pea’; probably a metonymic occupational name for a grower of chick peas or a topographic name.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press