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Jesse - boy or girl name?

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Carsandtrucks Sun 13-Apr-14 21:38:21

And is it too American?
And any thoughts?

TheWomanTheyCallJayne Sun 13-Apr-14 21:41:47

Jesse boy
Jessie girl
To me it's biblical not American

RuthlessBaggage Sun 13-Apr-14 22:56:44

I agree. Jesse without an "i" is male.

Biblical, so religious family. Or possibly big fans of Breaking Bad grin wink

sonlypuppyfat Sun 13-Apr-14 23:00:39

Jesse is a boys name forgive me if I'm wrong but was he King David's dad.

sonlypuppyfat Sun 13-Apr-14 23:01:30

It's a good name I know one who's 13.

Marcipex Sun 13-Apr-14 23:07:18

I know it's a boy's name, but a Jesse here is badly teased by other boys for his 'girls name'.

Theonlyoneiknow Sun 13-Apr-14 23:18:16

It's a boys name to me but where I am it is often used it jest

sonlypuppyfat Sun 13-Apr-14 23:19:31

I got told off on another thread for saying kids got bullied for their names.

florascotia Mon 14-Apr-14 08:53:16

Jesse is inded a male name (in the Bible), but up here in Scotland a 'jessie' is a term of abuse for a weak or soppy boy. Not very nice at all, and becoming less popular, but still around.

Also in Scotland, the girl's name Jessie is short for Janet, not Jessica.

Greenandcabbagelooking Mon 14-Apr-14 08:56:48

Jesse is a boy's name. Girl would be Jess, Jessie or Jessica.

Flora my Scottish relative is just Jessie, I didn't know it could be short for Janet.

florascotia Mon 14-Apr-14 09:05:25

Again, I think it's an older tradition; I expect some parents now and in the past just chose Jessie by itself, because it's a pretty name.
I had a great-aunt Jessie. Just Jessie!

Here is an interesting link: It says that Jessie is also short for Jean; Janet is a version of Jean.

BaileysOnRocks Mon 14-Apr-14 09:17:42

Boys!! And my favourite name!! smile

Rosalie82 Mon 14-Apr-14 09:22:57

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lottiegarbanzo Mon 14-Apr-14 09:26:30

Jesse is a traditional British name e.g. Jesse Boot the pharmacist.

Twenty years ago I'd have said Joshua was a quaint, biblical name linked to historical characters e.g. Joshua Tetley the brewer and popular currently only in North America.

Jesse might go the same way, it might not.

Bowlersarm Mon 14-Apr-14 09:27:54

Girls name for me, i think it sounds feminine, although I know that if it was a boy then Jesse would be the spelling.

noddyholder Mon 14-Apr-14 09:29:23

Boy I have one! I am not goingto get into the endless MN debate but eer bullied ridiculed mistaken for girl etc. 19 now and I still love his name as much as when he was born

noddyholder Mon 14-Apr-14 09:30:23


Theonlyoneiknow Mon 14-Apr-14 16:19:58

What about Joss?

Thurlow Mon 14-Apr-14 16:24:23

Jesse - boy
Jessie - girl

Of course the problem is if you only hear it, and don't see it written down!

noddyholder Mon 14-Apr-14 16:34:38

I would hardly call it a problem! In the big picture it is most certainly not a problem Mn is so conservative and frankly weird wrt names

ZingSweetCoconut Mon 14-Apr-14 16:46:24

Jesse is a male in the Bible so a boy's name for me

Thurlow Mon 14-Apr-14 17:00:10

Not a huge problem, but I have a DC with a completely unisex name, you do get the odd "we were expecting a boy" moment. Might annoy some people.

MadameJosephine Tue 15-Apr-14 21:49:16

Definitely a boys name, I love it. Was considering it for DS but chickened out because I was worried about bullying

BlueStarsAtNight Wed 16-Apr-14 02:01:56

I know it is a boys name, and a fairly popular one on here, but to me it is just too feminine and definitely sounds very American (not that that's necessarily bad, but as you asked!).

I'm about as far from Scotland as you can get, but I have heard people say "you big Jesse" to mean wimp, and tbh that's what I think of when I hear the name for a boy. Though I love Jessica/Jessie for a girl!

BrianTheMole Wed 16-Apr-14 02:17:45

I love it.

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