JEROLYN: A variation of Geraldine. Jerolyn may also be considred a convenient feminine version of Jerold, Gerald, or Jerome, if you care to pay tribute to some family member with one of those names. Relatives: Jeralyn, Jerelyn, Jerylin, Jeryl.
JEROME: From the Latin for "sacred name." Saint Jerome is often depited as an old man, studying, with a lion at his feet. According to the legend, a lion entered his schoolroom and frightened everyone away. Saint Jerome noticed the lion had a thorn in its paw and removed it. The lion remained thereafter at the scholar's side. Relatives: Jerrome, Gerome, Jerry. Namesakes: Jerome Kern, Jerome Robbins, Jerome K. Jerome.
JESSE: Hebrew for "wealth." A Jesse tree is often depicted in stained glass windows in churches. It is a genealogical chart tracing the descendants of the house of David to Jesus Christ. Reltives: Jessie, Jessy, Jess. Namesakes: father of David, Jesse James, Jesse Owens, Jesse Jackson.
JESSICA: From the Hebrew for "wealthy one." One of the ten most popular girls' names in the 1980s, outpacing Jennifer on the cradle roll. Relatives: Jessyca, Jessika, Jessie, Jessye, Jessy, Jessi, Jessa, Jessalyn. Namesakes: Jessica Tandy, Jessye Norman, Jessica Lange.
JESUS: Heberw for "God will help." A popular first name in Spanish-speaking cultures. Relative: Yesus. Namesakes: Jesus Christ, Jesus Alou.
JETHRO: From the Hebrew for "preeminence." This name has an unfortunate association with the bumpkin on "Beverly Hillbillies." Relative: Jethroe. Namesakes: father-in-law of Moses, Jethro Tull, Sam Jethroe, "Homer and Jethro."