Jess for a boy....

(35 Posts)
ELR Thu 09-May-13 19:48:44

DH has just told me he likes the name Jess for a boy, I sort of like it but am undecided. We like the name Isla for a girl.
We already have two children a dd and a ds not pregnant yet but we are thinking about ttc no3 soon, we like to get names sorted first!

Tamdin Thu 09-May-13 19:54:39

My ds is called Jesse so not dissimilar. He gets called jess for short sometimes. If you like it, go for it! smile

Bakingtins Thu 09-May-13 19:57:14

I like the name Jesse but it does have a high teasing potential. I had a bit of a crush on one at Uni but he was manly enough to carry off a girl's name, I imagine it wasn't much fun at primary school

StrangeGlue Thu 09-May-13 19:58:25

I'm not keen. I prefer Jesse but even that I'm so so on

nannyof3 Thu 09-May-13 19:59:29

I wud think of the bullying a spect

Love it, always have. It's a dudes name, I think of gorgeous blonde surfer types with the name Jess, but I would go for Jesse.

orangepudding Thu 09-May-13 20:00:33

I love the name Jesse but not Jes as a full name.

DH didn't like Jesse sad

noddyholder Thu 09-May-13 20:01:01

My ds is Jesse he is 19 and so far never bullied or even commented on. I always hide jesse threads though before the provincial crew turn up and accuse parents who use it of enticing bullying!

Tamdin Thu 09-May-13 20:07:42

Noddy ds1 has an unusual name too and so far so good on the bullying front. He's 7. I guess we'll have to wait and see how Jesse gets on but fingers crossed!

Leeds2 Thu 09-May-13 20:09:59

I wouldn't personally choose it.

JojoMags Thu 09-May-13 20:13:17

We loved Jesse (pn Jess-ay) for a boy, but were disuaded by how common Jessie/Jessica/Jess is for girls - I think Jessica has been in the top 10 girls names for years. If you decide to use it I would go with Jesse and shorten it to Jess at home. If he went to school as 'Jess' I'm afraid he would get teased.

LaydeeC England Thu 09-May-13 20:48:37

BakingTins - it is not a girl's name, Jesse is a biblical male name. I have a 15yo Jesse and he has never, ever been teased. Neither has his best friend Sam which is equally a male/female name no?

ELR Thu 09-May-13 20:54:43

Thanks everyone. I don't mind Jesse but prefer Jess but lie some have said could name Jesse then have Jess for home.
Other names we like are:
Sam
Will but have a nephew William
Ben my brother and a nephew
James DH middle name but don't like Jamie
Also quite like Theo, Isaac and Noah but DH doesn't particulary like them.

noddyholder Thu 09-May-13 20:56:22

It isn't a girls name hmm

WildRumpus Thu 09-May-13 21:02:21

My DS has a mate called Jesse. Big, strong, strapping boy with shaggy blond hair and piercing blue eyes. No one thinks he has a girls name. If you like it use it.

ELR Thu 09-May-13 21:08:03

Well we have the blue eyes and blonde surfer hair going on already! Ds who is nearly 8 is a proper little surfer dude!
Being thick here but do you pronounce the e in Jesse? I think yes but just read something on google which has confused me!

noddyholder Thu 09-May-13 21:19:17

My son looks like that too! Blonde muscly skateboarder might be a pic of him on my page smile

ELR Thu 09-May-13 21:24:55

Nice kitchen noddy your son looks lovely too!

noddyholder Thu 09-May-13 21:25:51

That was a house I sold a refurb Thanks x

everlong Thu 09-May-13 21:29:30

Your boy is lovely noddy
Ds5 is Gabriel and we wondered about the bullying but we've had nothing.

I like the soft sounding names for a boy - Cassius, Gabriel, Jesse etc. All the ones I know are proper dudey.

Couldn't he be a Jessamy nn Jess?

ilikeyoursleeves Thu 09-May-13 21:35:54

In Scotland if you're called 'a big Jessie' that means you're a bit of a girl! I wouldn't call a boy Jess for that reason.

olivertheoctopus Thu 09-May-13 21:42:51

Jesse yes (altho wouldn't be on my list) but Jess no. Although I did discover a few years back that Postman Pat's cat Jess is a boy cat...

ELR Thu 09-May-13 22:45:14

I have done a little google research ect and I now really like the name Jesse instead of jess although will have of rethink the middle name of James! Our other two don't have middle names so maybe we will just not have one. So all I need to do now is get pregnant!!

Corygal Thu 09-May-13 22:49:30

Jesse is Ok - Jess is not unless as a nickname.

Please, please don't call your male child by a female name. It never ends well for the unfortunate child (plus everyone laughs at you behind your back while sympathising for your bullied offspring).

noddyholder Thu 09-May-13 22:57:59

Fgs

We have a Jesse, late teens now, but I think probably 95% of the time he gets called Jess. People who know him always end up shortening it to Jess, and I probably only use Jesse when he's in trouble! For example his football coach and entire team call him Jess.

I've asked him quite a few times if he ever had any issue with his name but he swears he never had any comments.

I think Jesse is great, just use that and shorten it to Jess when you fancy.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 10-May-13 10:19:49

Were you thinking of the Johnny Cash song "A boy named Sue" Corygal?!

I like Jesse (yes 2nd 'e' said aloud) but not Jess for a boy.

Jesse is one of those names sometimes labelled 'trying too hard" but what a nice change from the top 10. Does it sound all right with your other DCs' names is all I'd ask?

ELR Fri 10-May-13 10:27:15

My other two are Holly and Joe so think Jesse sounds ok with them.

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Fri 10-May-13 10:35:53

smile It's green lights for a 2014 baby Jesse (or a DD!) then.

ELR Fri 10-May-13 10:48:07

Thanks donkey! We have chosen Isla for a girl. Will be ttc from August.

Littlehousesomewhere Fri 10-May-13 13:28:08

I think you should go with Jesse as he would mistaken for a girl with just Jess imo. Jess is fine as a nickname though.

DebsMorgan Fri 10-May-13 14:12:00

Jesse is a fabulous name, I love it.

TalkUsernameYoudLike Fri 10-May-13 14:57:16

I like Jesse/Jess and would use it, BUT (and like some have already said) it's the teasing thing.

tilder Fri 10-May-13 20:02:09

It's not just in Scotland that the term 'you big Jessie' gets used. It means you daft bugger, you big softie, you idiot etc.

I would think his name being mistaken for a girl's would be the least of my concerns.

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