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Jasper

Origin: Netherlands
gender-male
Region Origin: Western Europe

Jasper is a masculine given name commonly believed to be of Persian origin, meaning "treasurer". The name is derived from Latin "Gaspar," which is possibly connected to the Biblical Hebrew word "גִּזְבָּר" (gizbar), also meaning "treasurer," and derived from Persian "ganzabara". The name Jasper is associated with one of the three Magi, or wise men, who visited the infant Jesus bearing gifts in Christian folklore. The name does not appear in the Bible and is first found in medieval tradition. The origin of the name Jasper is considered to be unrelated to the English vocabulary word for the gemstone, which is of Semitic origin. The name Jasper is connected to the Persian word "ganza-para," meaning "keeper of the treasure". The name is also related to other names such as Caspar, Kaspar, Kasper, Gasparo, Jesper, Jespa, and Kacper (pronounced Katsper). The name Jasper has occasionally been used in the English-speaking world since the Middle Ages.

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