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Jesse

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For other uses, see Jesse (disambiguation).

Jesse is a common first name in many English speaking countries. This spelling is most often used as the male variant of the name, while Jessie (shortened from Jessica) is the most common spelling for the female variant.

Origin

Jesse or Yishai (Hebrew יִשַׁי / יֵשַׁי, Standard Hebrew Yšay / Yšay, Tiberian Hebrew Yšay / Yēšay) is the father of the Biblical King David mentioned in the Books of Samuel of the Hebrew Bible. David is sometimes called simply "Son of Jesse" (ben yishai). Jesse was the son of Obed, the grandson of Ruth.

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