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.