Jasmine

Gender: Feminine
Origin: Persian
Meaning: unknown, name of a flower

Jasmine is derived from the Persian feminine name, Yasmin, which is the name of a type flower indigenous to the Middle East.

The name was always quite prevalent throughout the Middle East, but didn’t really catch on in the Western World till the late 70s and early 80s. In the early 90s, her popularity was fueled when Disney came out with the hit, animated movie, Aladdin, in which the lady love is named Jasmine.

In 1973, Jasmine entered the top 1000, coming in as the 861st most popular female name in the United States, for that year. In 1993, Jasmine skyrocketed to # 23, and as of 2008, she is the 43rd most popular female name.

Jasmine has been popular in other countries, her rankings are as follows:

  • # 3 (Argentina, 2009)
  • # 21 (Australia, 2007)
  • # 8 Yasmin (Brazil, 2009)
  • # 38 (Canada, B.C., 2008)
  • # 94 Jazmin (Chile, 2006)
  • # 35 (England/Wales, 2008)
  • # 32 Jasmin/Yasmin (Germany, 2009)
  • # 4 Jazmin (Hungary, 2008)
  • # 84 (Ireland, 2007)
  • # 9 Jasmine/Yasmine (Malta, 2007)
  • # 15 Jasmijn (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 445 Jasmine (the Netherlands, 2008)
  • # 5 (the Philippines, 2006)
  • # 59 Jasmine (Sweden, 2008)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Yasmeen يسمين (Arabic/Persian)
  • Yasmin (Arabic/German/Persian/Spanish)
  • Yasεmεn (Azeri)
  • Yaasaman/Yaasman (Baloch)
  • Jasmina (Bosnian/Croatian/Macedonian/Serbian/Slovene: diminutive form is Jasminka)
  • Jasmijn (Dutch)
  • Jasmine (English/French/Swedish)
  • Jessamine/Jessamy (English)
  • Jasmiina (Finnish)
  • Jasmin (Finnish/German)
  • Yasiman (Hindi)
  • Jázmin (Hungarian)
  • Jasmín (Icelandic)
  • Gelsomina (Italian)
  • Gelsa/Gelsina (Italian)
  • Jazmina (Lithuanian)
  • Yasmina (Persian)
  • Jaśmina (Polish)
  • Yasaman (Tajik)
  • Yasemin (Turkish)
  • Jazmín (Spanish)

There are a few masculine forms, which include, the Italian, GelsinoGelso and Gelsomino.

A Lithuanian masculine form is Jazminas.

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