Jasper

Jasper Meaning and Origin

The name Jasper is a boy’s name meaning “treasure” and is of English via Persian origin. In Old French, it was spelled “jaspre” and referred to the semiprecious stone that is a type of quartz. The name is believed to have been derived from the Persian word “yaspar” or “yasba”, which means “treasurer”. Jasper is a classic name that has been in use for centuries. It has been a particularly popular name in England, and has been used for many notable figures throughout history, including St. Jasper, a Christian martyr who was executed in the 4th century, and Jasper Tudor, the uncle of King Henry VII of England. In recent years, Jasper has experienced a surge in popularity in the United States, and is now a relatively common name for baby boys. It is often chosen for its classic sound and strong, masculine feel.

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