TIL: The first written use of the name “Jessica” appears in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. The bard likely changed (anglicised) the spelling from the biblical name “Iscah”

Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jessica_(given_name)

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  1. At great risk of oversimplifying this, I wonder if the process was.

    The letter ‘J’ was often used for the letter ‘I’.

    Thus Iscah becomes Jscah and Jscah phonetically comes out pretty close to Jessica.

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