Origin of the Name Jasper
The Jasper name is a boy’s name that has Persian roots. It occurs in multiple countries and has many variant spellings including Casper, Gaspar, Jesper and Kasper. According to legend, one of the Three Wise Men or Magi who visited the baby Jesus was named Gaspar.
Meaning of Jasper
The meaning of Jasper is “treasurer.” It has been used as a proper name in English-speaking countries since the Middle Ages.
Famous People with the Name
Famous people named Jasper include Jasper Fforde, the British novelist and Jasper “Jack” Daniels, the founder of Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey distillery. Jasper Conran the famous English fashion designer and Jasper Carrot the comedian from Bristol.
The popularity of Jasper is fairly low in England. According to the government’s 2013 records, it is not one of the top 100 boys’ names. Those same records, however, do show that its popularity is slowly and steadily increasing.
Jasper fell out of fashion in the US during the latter half of the 20th century, but has begun making a comeback. It is still not one of the top 100 boys’ names. Jasper (or its variants) are among the top 100 boys’ names in Australia, Belgium, and the Netherlands.
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