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Last name origins & meanings:

  1. North German: from a short form of the personal name Jesper, a Low German form of Kaspar.
  2. South German: from a reduced form of the personal name Johannes (see John).
  3. Eastern German (of Slavic origin): topographic name from Czech jes(en) ‘ash tree’.
  4. English: from a short form of Jessup.
  5. French: from Old French jaisse ‘chick pea’; probably a metonymic occupational name for a grower of chick peas or a topographic name.
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