Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Jesus

The given name Jesus obviously needs very little by way of explanation; the origin is clear – Jesus is the central figure in Christianity. However, Jesus as a given name is distinct to Spanish-speaking cultures and usually rendered with an accented “U” as in Jesús and is pronounced hay-SOOS). In the English-speaking world, Jesus is not used as a given name. The name originates from the Hebrew “Yeshua” which made its way to the Greeks in the form of “Iēsous” and then to the Latin “Iesus.” From there, the “J” was added and became “Jesus” in most of the European languages. The name’s etymological origin is found in the Hebrew words “ys” (to save) and “yesua” (salvation). In Matthew 1:20-21, an angel appears to Joseph in a dream informing him that Mary’s pregnancy has been divinely orchestrated and that he is to name their son Jesus, “for he will save his people from their sins” – indicating that the name had not been selected arbitrarily.

All About the Baby Name – Jesus



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As mentioned above, people of English-speaking origin won’t use Jesus as a personal name; it makes them squirm with discomfort. Somehow taboo. The closest they come to using Jesus is by way of the name “Joshua.” People of Hispanic decent, however, fully embrace the given name Jesús for their little boys as a genuinely heartfelt demonstration of their reverence to Jesus. The name has become so popular within the Latino-American culture, that “hay-SOOS” feels like just another boys name with Spanish flair so in some cases, it may not even be tied to religion. In any case, it’s clearly the Spanish-speaking Americans, or those of Hispanic/Latino origin, driving the popularity of this name. Jesus has been on the U.S. popularity graph for over a century. The name received moderate usage at the turn of the last century, but fast-forward to this century with the growing Latino population in America, you'll find that Jesus sits squarely on the list of Top 100 most favored boys’ names.

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Cultural References to the Baby Name – Jesus

Literary Characters


Jesus is a character in John Steinbeck’s 1935 novel, “Tortilla Flat,” a book about a group of California paisanos during the period following World War I. The paisanos that Steinbeck describes with great humor and affection are a group of young men of Mexican-Indian-Spanish-Caucasian mixture (purely Californian). Among the ruffians of Tortilla Flat is the humanitarian of the group, Jesus Maria Corcoran. Certainly, his name was not arbitrarily selected by Steinbeck. Jesus Maria is constantly doing all that he can to help those less fortunate than himself and finding ways to put this compassion to use.

In John Milton’s great literary achievement, "Paradise Lost" (an epic poem first published in 1667), the depiction of Jesus Christ is worthy of mention. He is the God the Son but never named explicitly since he has not yet entered in human form, and John Milton's second part of the Trinity. The hero of the epic, Jesus is infinitely powerful and delivers the fatal blow to Satan’s forces, sending them down into Hell, before the creation of Earth. When the fall of man is predicted and told to Adam and Eve, Jesus sacrifices himself to pay for the sins of mankind, so that God the Father can be both just and merciful. In the final scene, a vision this of Salvation through the Son of God is revealed to Adam by the angel Michael.

Popular Songs


Hey Jesus
a song by the Indigo Girls

Happy Birthday Jesus
a song by Reba McEntire

Fairest Lord Jesus
a song by Amy Grant

Drugs or Jesus
a song by Tim McGraw

Doctor Jesus
a song by Randy Travis

Chocolate Jesus
a song by Tom Waits

Blessed Jesus (Hold My Hand)
a song by Elvis Presley

Black Jesus
a song by Everlast

American Jesus
a song by Bad Religion

Famous People


Jesus Christ (religious icon)
Jesús Franco (Spanish film director)
Jesús Alou (baseball player)

Children of Famous People


We cannot find any children of famous people with the first name Jesus

Historic Figures


Jesus of Nazareth is the central figure of the New Testament, and around whom the religion Christianity was created. The four Gospels that begin the New Testament chronicle Jesus’s life until his resurrection, and the remainder of the New Testament describes the growing followers of Jesus after his death. Jesus was born in a small town in the foothills of Galilee as the son of a carpenter. His story is at once fascinating and inspiring. He is the Messiah (anointed one from the Greek word “Christos”) whose death brings deliverance from the sins of mankind. His is a message of caring for the downtrodden, loving ones enemies and kindness toward all strangers is a powerfully simple message. So what did Jesus teach? A lot, and more than can be summarized here. Some illustrative examples would be “Do unto others as you would want them to do to you” (Luke 6:31); “Turn the other cheek” (Matthew 5:39); and “Love your enemies” (Matthew 5:44).