Last name origins & meanings:
- North German: from a short form of the personal name
Jesper, a Low German form of Kaspar.
- South German: from a reduced form of the personal name Johannes (see
- Eastern German (of Slavic origin): topographic name
from Czech jes(en) ‘ash tree’.
- English: from a short form
- 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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