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Gender: F Meaning of Jemima: "dove" Origin of Jemima: Hebrew

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Jemima, the name of a strong and beautiful Biblical daughter of Job, has long been among the chicest choices of aristocratic Brits. Unfortunately, Jemima is still somewhat linked in this country to the stereotypical smiling Aunt of pancake fame, which we think is a pity. It's time to once and for all liberate this excellent name, with its peaceful meaning.

Jemima was well used by the Puritans, as was that of her sister, Keziah. It is currently Number 176 in England and Wales

Some other, more benign, images are Beatrix Potter's Jemima Puddle-Duck and characters in Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang, Cats, and Thackeray's Vanity Fair. A real-life namesake is Jemima Kirke, who plays Jessa on Girls--and who happens to have a sister named Domino and a son named Memphis. Jemimah is a variant spelling, as seen in the Antonia Fraser crime series Jemimah Shore Investigates.

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Famous People Named Jemima

Jemima Kirke, English-born American actress
Jemima Khan, English writer
Jemima Rooper, English actress
Jemima Wilkinson, American evangelist
Jemima West, French actress
Jemima Nicholas, led the women of Pembrokeshire in the "last invasion of Britain"

Pop Culture References for the Name Jemima

Jemima, a kitten from the musical 'Cats'
Aunt Jemima's, popular US brand of pancake syrup
Jemima Puddleduck, Beatrix Potter character
Jemima Potts, from "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang"
Jemima, a doll on the Australian children's TV show "Play School"
Lady Jemima, Sir Philip Forester's wife in the short story "My Aunt Margaret's Mirror" (1828) by Sir Walter Scott
Jemima Kicksey, poverty-stricken sister to Lady Griffin in Thackeray's short story "The Amours of Mr Deuceace" (1852)
Jemima Stanbury, Hugh's aunt, of the country set which discards him, in Trollope's 1869 novel "He Knew He Was Right"
Jemima Jones, character from "Jemima J"
Jemima 'Jem' Walker, character from "In The Flesh"

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