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Can Jesse be unisex?

(39 Posts)
NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 09:32:47

I love Jesse for a boy but am considering it also for a girl.
Does it need to be Jessie or do you think a girl could be spelt Jesse? What do you think?

Theas18 Tue 15-Jan-13 09:33:32

jesse =boy . Jessie = girl for me

LunaticFringe Tue 15-Jan-13 09:34:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 09:34:51

Ok. Also is Jessie enough than as a full name?

weegiemum Tue 15-Jan-13 09:35:19

Agree with theas. Jesse is a boys name, Jessie for a girl (it's my dd2 s middle name, after my gran!)

Eskino Tue 15-Jan-13 09:35:19

Love Jess or Jesse for a boy.

Jess or Jessie for a girl would be universally considered shortened versions of Jessica. Still a lovely name and conjures up a sweet child. Good choice!

NoWayNoHow Tue 15-Jan-13 09:36:23

I have a NN as a full name (my parents figured that if they christened me the full version of my name, it'd get shortened anyway), so I think it would be fine to have Jessie as a name.

But in answer to your OP, yes, Jesse is definitely a boy's name.

NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 09:53:14

What do you think of Jessamy?

bluebiscuit Tue 15-Jan-13 09:59:08

Jessamy sounds made up

For a girl, jess, Jessie or Jessica is fine. Jesse is for a boy IMO.

NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 10:08:36

I like Jessie but I don't really like the letter i.

ladymia Tue 15-Jan-13 10:18:00

If you have a girl and decide to not spell it the correct way (Jessie) she will be correcting the spelling for the rest of her life.

Here are the variants for Jessie

Jessie has 20 variant forms: Jesirae, Jeslyn, Jess, Jessa, Jessalyn, Jessalynn, Jessamae, Jessana, Jessandra, Jesse, Jesselyn, Jessey, Jessi, Jessilyn, Jessina, Jesslyn, Jesslynn, Jessy, Jessye and Jeziree.

bluebiscuit Tue 15-Jan-13 10:23:58

It might help you to think that your dislike of the letter i is probably fairly unique to you. Your daughter will probably have no such issue with it and she'll have a lovely name if you call her Jessie. If you call her Jesse, she'll be forever explaining. Do you want her to have to spell it for people her entire life and then for the nosy ones to (many) to say WHY and she will have to say my mum didn't like the letter i !!

NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 10:28:16

Yes bluebiscuit that is what I am thinking too.

Thanks lady I was looking for a list like that but couldn't find one. I like some of those, especially Jessy and Jessa.

NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 10:29:44

Do you think Jessy is a good name for a girl? Won't be confused with a boy?

ladymia Tue 15-Jan-13 11:01:51

I think Jessie is a good name for a girl, I know a Jessie and she is lovely. I wouldn't use the spelling Jessy or any other spelling for that matter, I would use the proper spelling of Jessie (personally)

monica77798 Tue 15-Jan-13 11:11:15

I think it would be a better idea to name a daughter Jessie than a son Jesse. Jesse has too many negative connotations.

NewYearNewHat Tue 15-Jan-13 11:35:11

monica really? I am surprised to hear about negative connotations! What are they?

lottiegarbanzo Tue 15-Jan-13 11:44:29

What, you've never heard the expression 'you big Jessie'?! Jesse is a nice but quite brave name to use for a boy.

lottiegarbanzo Tue 15-Jan-13 11:46:31

Back to your girl's name, you could use Jasmine or even Jocelyn and, eccentrically, shorten to Jessie.

TessOfTheBaublevilles Tue 15-Jan-13 12:25:39

Jessamy is lovely.

I believe there is a MNetter called Jessamy, she posted in the 'what is your name' thread.

ErikNorseman Tue 15-Jan-13 12:40:27

Jessamy is a boy's name, really though.

EmpressOfThePuddle Tue 15-Jan-13 12:49:13

All the Jessamys coming up on Google are female.

I'd agree about the 'You big Jessie' issue for boys. I think it might be one of those names that works better in the US.

ErikNorseman Tue 15-Jan-13 13:31:07

Oh you're right. I stand corrected!

Sonatensatz Tue 15-Jan-13 19:02:23

Jesse is a hebrew boys name meaning 'the Lord exists'.It is Found in the bible it's the name of King David's father.

AlexanderS Tue 15-Jan-13 20:18:58

I don't think anybody has called anybody else a big Jessie since 1971!

Generally it's Jesse for a boy and Jessie for a girl, but Jesse can be be used for a girl and 20 people decided to do this in England and Wales in 2011. If you do that though your little girl can look forward to a lifetime of people thinking she's a boy before they actually meet her e.g. when she applies for jobs.

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