It probably depends where you are in the country. I know of a Jesse, aged c. 8. I don't think he gets bullied (to my knowledge). Biblical/Religious/Well-read sorts will know but other folk will probably hear it as girly.
If you have the slightest question in your mind, don't do it. It would probably be fine, but imagine how you would feel if he was picked on because of it. ANd it may not be bullying - it may just be teasing. But being teased all the time about something like your name is a pain in the proverbial.
I love the name Jesse but it is one of those names.
I love Gene too but that is another one that people make stupid comments about.
Mind you I dont really give a toss, I name mine what I want. None of them have been teased yet. It helps if you live in a really diverse area. There are loads of kids that have names I have never heard of, people who have english as a second language are less likely to take the piss out of a name with (whats the bloody word?) idomatic? meanings as well.
You probably wont like it once you have given birth. I came up with all sorts when I was pregnant!
Me too. I have Asher, Rudy, Harley, Billie, and they have middle names that include Cassius, Hendrix, Asa, Coltrane, Lennon and Marley. (that isnt all of their names or all the kids, just the more rocknroll ones).