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Origin: Sweden
Region Origin: Northern Europe

Jessica is a traditionally feminine name with Hebrew roots, meaning "rich" or "God beholds". The name is derived from the Hebrew "yiskah" and has variations such as Iska, Jeska, Yessica, Jessika, Jess, Jessie, and Jesse. It is also the name of the daughter of Shylock in Shakespeare's play 'The Merchant of Venice'. The name Jessica's origin can be traced back to the Hebrew name Iscah, which means "to behold" or "foresight". In the Old Testament, Iscah was mentioned briefly as the niece of Abraham and the daughter of Haran. The name may have been an Anglicization of the biblical Iscah, which was rendered "Iesca" (Jeska) in the Matthew Bible version available in Shakespeare's day. The name Jessica gained popularity in the 16th century when it was used by Shakespeare in his play 'The Merchant of Venice'.

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