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Jess for a boy?

(147 Posts)
OkayHazel Sat 30-Mar-13 02:02:16

I really like Jess and Jesse, but are there any longer names that these two derive from?

Feel like I just don't know enough about this name!

DialMforMummy Sat 30-Mar-13 07:02:04

I know a guy called Jesse. I love this name.

Kt8791 Sat 30-Mar-13 07:03:19

My friends son is called Jesse and I really like it.

Imsosorryalan Sat 30-Mar-13 07:04:15

No, too girly. Sorry

Sunnysummer Sat 30-Mar-13 07:16:03

There's also Jessamy - a traditional longer name and also a character in a Georgette Heyer book (yes, I'm not cool at all wink).

seeker Sat 30-Mar-13 07:18:49

Jessamy is a girls's name. Please don't call a boy Jessamy.

I would say don't call a boy Jesse either- sorry. Really, really not fair.

Kt8791 Sat 30-Mar-13 07:29:54

I also thought jessamy was a girls name?

bigbluebump Sat 30-Mar-13 07:34:20

I know a Jesse. Don't think he's got a longer name, think its just Jesse.

NotTreadingGrapes Sat 30-Mar-13 07:44:53

He will get teased for all eternity. Please don't.

Cowboys in the old west might have been able to carry it off because they could shoot people who took the piss.

Little boys are advised perhaps not to.

Bearandcub Sat 30-Mar-13 07:50:45

Disagree with the nay-sayers, I think Jesse is a great name. And is pronounced Jess.

I also think the negative side they are referring to is dated and homophobic and spelt differently: you big Jessie.

seeker Sat 30-Mar-13 07:53:47

Jesse is pronounced Jessy.

Go and find an 11 year old boy. Ask him how he would react if a boy called Jesse joined his class.

Then call your child something else.

chimchar Sat 30-Mar-13 07:54:12

I love it.....knew a very good looking hunky one when I was a teen, so good associations in my mind!

lockets Sat 30-Mar-13 09:37:45

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NotTreadingGrapes Sat 30-Mar-13 09:40:36

The different spelling doesn't change the pronunciation. It's pronounced Jessy as others have said, and like it or not, the connotation is not dated.

Do what Seeker suggests and ask some teen boys (or girls) their opinion.

lockets Sat 30-Mar-13 09:41:28

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NotTreadingGrapes Sat 30-Mar-13 09:42:50

How old is he?

dadofnone Sat 30-Mar-13 09:45:04

DS'sfriend is called Jess. He is 17, 6ft2, drummer and top mountain biker.
Lovely lad. I would have picked that name for DS if I had thought of it.

lockets Sat 30-Mar-13 09:48:22

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seeker Sat 30-Mar-13 10:04:19

Good. They are lucky. Another child mightn't be. Why on earth run the risk? Just bizarre.

I hope that my 12 year old would be self controlled and polite enough not to tease a Jesse. But I know that many of his class mates wouldn't.

noblegiraffe Sat 30-Mar-13 10:07:44

Jess the cat in Postman Pat is a boy, but everyone thinks it's a girl.
I imagine being constantly mistaken for a girl might get annoying.

BettyandDon Sat 30-Mar-13 10:23:44

In Scotland, there is a phrase 'big Jesse' which means that a man is a wuss. So definitely don't use if at any point you could end up there.

purples Sat 30-Mar-13 10:50:10

My daughter is at school with a couple of girls called Jessica, in the playground it is shorten it to Jess for one and Jessie for the other; so i really wouldn't recommend it for a boy.
Hopefully you're not thinking of James as a middle name....

almostanotherday Sat 30-Mar-13 10:59:10

I don't think it matters what you actually name your DC if someone wants to take the piss out of a name they will find away no matter how carefully you chose the name.

KittenOfDoom Sat 30-Mar-13 12:13:42

Jesse (the boy's name) is frequently misspelt Jessie by ignorant people, because the two names are pronounced the same. It is a pity.

I don't see a huge problem about it being similar to a girl's name though - there have always been unisex names with or without spelling variations, eg Leslie/Lesley, Lee, Ashley etc

and with the current popularity of American-style surname names, the boundaries are increasingly blurred.

AuntieStella Sat 30-Mar-13 12:18:57

Jessamy is a traditional boys name, but has fallen into disuse (you only really see it in literature).

Jesse is widely used in US, but I don't think the phrase "you big jessie" is common slang there.

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