"I don't think anybody has called anybody else a big Jessie since 1971!"
Lol, perhaps not. But in my mind I still associate the name "Jesse" with a homophobic slur. Even though kids today don't still say it I'm sure many of them are aware of it or will pick it up from old TV shows etc.
My daughter is called Jesse (without the i). We were thinking of it for a boy, but when a girl popped out, and we didn't have a girls name, we just stuck with it. I know it's really a boy's spelling but I didn't want Jessica, and to me, Jessie is just short for Jessica. Jesse is a name in it's own right. And so many names are spelt so many different ways these days I think we can get away with it. And I LOVE it now!
I do love Jesse for a boy, it conjures up cowboy images for me, Jesse James for instance, but however much I like it (it was on my shortlist last time) most people actually expressed horror for a boy with the whole 'you big Jesse' phrase, I felt it would have been too much of a risk on the kid, it's still well known enough round here for me!