Jasper (name)

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This article is about the given name. For other meanings, see Jasper (disambiguation).
Gender male
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Related names Casper, Gasper, Jesper

Jasper is a given name. The name means "spotted or speckled stone" and is derived from Greek iaspis (feminine noun).[1] It is a variation of the Persian Kaspar. According to church tradition Casper (from the Persian "Gaspar" meaning 'treasurer or treasure bringer' ) is the name of one of the "Three Kings", who presented Christ gifts. Casper gave frankincense.[2] The name Gaspar or Caspar, along with the names of the other two legendary magi, appeared for the first time in two medieval Latin texts[3] and dates from the 9th century AD. The spell containing the name of Jaspar is a French and English transcription of the Latin word Caspar.[4] Its Biblical reference led to its adoption as an English name in the 17th century. There are numerous modern variations such as Γάσπαρ or Κάσπαρ[5][6] (Greek),[5] Gaspare (Italian), Kaspar (German), Jasper or Casper (English), Jesper (Scandinavian languages), Kacper (Polish), Gáspár (Hungarian) etc.

The mineral jasper is derived from this name.

Famous people with the name Jasper or variants include:

Design and fashion
Religion and theology
Fictional characters

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Jasper: a character in Children of Men (a film by Alfonso Cuaron, based on the novel The Children of Men by P.D. James)


  1. ^ Studylight.org
  2. ^ Kehrer, Hugo, Die Heiligen Drei Könige in Literatur und Kunst, Band I, 1908, 1976², pp. 66–67 , Archive.org an old Greek document translated into Latin: Magi sunt qui munera Domino dederunt: primus fuisse dicitur Melchior, senex et canus, barba prolixa et capillis, tunica hyacinthina, sagoque mileno, et calceamentis hyacinthino et albo mixto opere, pro mitrario variae compositionis indutus; aurum obtulit regi Domino. Secundum, nomine Caspar, juvenis imberbis, rubicundus, mylenica tunica, sago rubeo, calceamentis hyacinthinis vestitus; thure quasi Deo oblatione digna, Deum honorabat. Tertius, fuscus, integre barbatus, Balthasar nomine, habens tunicam rubeam, albo vario, calceamentis inimicis amicus, per mirraham filium hominis moriturum professus est. Omnia autem vestimenta eorum Syriaca sunt. (P.L., XCIV, 541, Collectanea et Flores)
  3. ^ (P.L., XCIV, 541, Collectanea et Flores; Description: The Magi in Basilica of San'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna, by Agnellus, De Sancto Agnello XXVII, Liber pontificalis Ecclesiae Ravennatis, year 845: Nam Gaspar aurum optulit (Gaspar gave gold) in vestimento iacintino, et in ipso vestimento cuniugium significat. Balthasar thus obtulit in vestimento flavo, et in ipso vestimento virginitatem significat. Melchior mirram optulit in vestimento vario, et in ipso vestito poenitentiam significat. ... Ex quorum amore iste beatissimus Agnellus partem endothim bissinam, unde superius fecimus mentionem, quam Maximianus praedecessor istius non explevit, iste magorum (h)istoriam perfecte ornavid, et sua effigies mechanico opere aculis inserta est.(Sant Agnellus (556-569) had made this picture), in: Monumenta Germaniae Historica Script. rer. Langobard. VI-IX, Hannover 1878, ed. Holder-Egger; Migne P.L. 106 col 620
  4. ^ Kehrer, pp. 70-71 , Archive.org
  5. ^ a b "Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh" Greek newspaper article in Kathimerini.gr
    Kathimerini article translated by Google Quote: "the magicians were Persians. Ο σύγχρονός του Αθανάσιος, επίσκοπος Αλεξανδρείας, διέδιδε ότι ήταν Αιγύπτιοι. A contemporary of Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, diedide that were Egyptians. Ο θεολόγος και μάρτυρας Ωριγένης, από την Αλεξάνδρεια, ήταν αυτός που για πρώτη φορά (αρχές 3ου αι.) δήλωσε τον αριθμό των μάγων: ήταν τρεις, όσα και τα δώρα τους. The theologian and martyr Origenis, from Alexandria, was he who first (early 3rd century BC) said the number of magicians: it was three, and those gifts. Σχετικά καθυστερημένα, τον 6ο αι., οι μάγοι απέκτησαν τα ονόματά τους: Κάσπαρ ή Γάσπαρ, Μελχιώρ και Βαλτάζαρ. About belatedly, the 6th century., Magicians have acquired their names: Kaspar or Gaspar, Melchior and Baltazar."
  6. ^ Excerpta Lugdunensia, ed. E. Oder and K. Hoppe, Corpus Hippiatricorum Graecorum, vol. 2. Leipzig: Teubner, 1927 (repr. Stuttgart: 1971): 272-313. (Cod: 11,612: Med) Section 104, line 2