William Shakespeare coined this name for his character in The Merchant of Venice. He probably based the name either on the Hebrew Jesse, or on the rare Old Testament name Iscah, which appeared in translations of the Bible at the time as Jescah. Iscah was a minor character in the Old Testament, a niece of Abraham. Her name comes from the Hebrew Yiscah meaning "to behold."
See Also: Jessyka, Jessie, Jesse

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