Why do they call him Jesse Owens when his name is James Owens?
His initials were JCO. So when he went to Ohio, his teacher asked hi name and he said "JC". So, with his southern accent, it sounded like Jesse.
Gender: Masculine Usage: English, Biblical Pronounced: JES-ee From the Hebrew name יִשַׁי (Yishay) which possibly meant "gift". Jesse was the father of King David in the Old Testament. A famous bearer of this name was Jesse James, an American outlaw who held up banks and stagecoaches. He was eventually shot by a fellow gang member for a reward. Another famous bearer was the American athlete Jesse Owens. Source: Behind the Name
Jesse James has three children...Jesse James Jr. (born 1999),Chandler James (born 1997), and Sunny James (born 2004). Jesse Jr. and Chandler were born to Karla James and Sunny's mother is Janine Lindemulder. Side note: James and wife Sandra Bullock did adopt a son in December 2009 but are currently in the process of divorce and the child, Louis, will be taking Bullock's name.