Meaning and Origin of: Jasper

Meaning and Origin of Jasper

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Persian : Keeper of the treasure
  • Persian : Treasure bearer
  • French : Red, brown, or yellow stone

What does Jasper mean and stand for?

The name Jasper is of Persian origin and means "treasure bearer." It first began as a variation of the Latin name Gaspar, which was derived from the Persian word ganzabara, meaning "bringer of treasure." As a given name, Jasper is unrelated to the gemstone, which derived from the Semitic word meaning "speckled stone."

Syllables: 2

Family name origins & meanings

  • North German : from a variant of the personal name Kaspar.
  • English (Devon and Cornwall) : from the personal name Jasper, cognate with 1.

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Popularity

According to Social Security Administration data, Jasper has slowly been increasing throughout the years. Starting at 592 in 2000, Jasper reached its peak of 136 in 2019. Though its declined slightly the last year, Jasper remains in the top 150.

However, it is the 5th most popular name on FamilyEducation.com.

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Jasper was at its peak popularity in August 2018.

Jasper is the name of one of the Three Wise Men who brought Christ gifts in The Bible. Representing a variety of quartz, Jasper has been a posh name in Europe that is slowly making its way to the US. Recently, it's become more popular thanks to the publication of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight. It's also been used in literary works by Sir Walter Scott, James Fenimore Cooper, Thackeray, and Thomas Hardy. Some notable namesakes include artist Jasper Johns, artist Jasper Francis Cropsey, whiskey brand founder Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniels, and novelist Jasper Fforde.

Where is it Popular?

Jasper was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Jasper

  • Jas
  • Jasp
  • Jazz

Pairs well with these middle names