A form of the Old Testament name Iscah or Jesca found in early translations of the Bible. William Shakespeare changed the name to Jessica and used it for a young Jewish girl in his play, "The Merchant of Venice." The name became a favorite among Jewish families. It held the No. 1 position nine times during the 1980s and 1990s, influenced by award-winning actresses Jessica Tandy and Jessica Lange. A top 20 name in several countries outside the United States. , Wealthy

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Jessica Sierra (American Idol finalist)
Jessica Alba (actress)
Jessica Simpson (singer/actress)
Jessica Fletcher ("Murder She Wrote" character)
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