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Gender: M Meaning of Jeremiah: "appointed by God" Origin of Jeremiah: Hebrew Jeremiah's Popularity in 2013: #58

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Jeremiah, which is currently the Top 60 --is a solid Old Testament prophet name that has gradually taken the place of the now dated Jeremy, Gerard and Gerald, joining other currently popular biblical 'iah' names like Josiah and Isaiah. In the Bible Jeremiah is a famous prophet whose story is recorded in the book named after him.

Dickens used the name in two of his novels--Little Dorrit and A Tale of Two Cities-- and other fictional Jeremiahs have been spotted in such movies and TV shows as "Oz," "Zoey101" and "The Princess Diaries." Leonard Bernstein composed a work called Jeremiah Symphony.

Caveats: Once-logical nickname Jerry sounds like the family dentist, and some may make the Jeremiah bullfrog association.

A related, more unusual biblical option: Jeriah.

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Famous People Named Jeremiah

Jeremiah Morrow, American politician (1771-1852)
Jeremiah Denton, retired United States Navy rear admiral
Jeremiah Trotter, American football player
Jeremiah Masoli, American football player
Jeremiah Robert Duggar, the Duggars' 10th child
Jeremiah Raber, Amish man on reality show "Breaking Amish"
Jeremiah Angel Solomon, octuplet of Nadya Suleman

Pop Culture References for the Name Jeremiah

Jeremiah Fisher, character in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty."
"Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" ("Joy to the World"), song by Three Dog Night
Jeremiah Kincaid, character from movie "So Dear To My Heart"

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Jeremiah's International Variations

Jorma (Finnish) Jérémie (French) Jeremias (German) Heremias, Hieremias (Greek) Nemet, Jeremiah, Katone, Ember (Hungarian) Hiram, Irimias (Irish) Geremia (Italian) Yerik, Jeremie, Jermija, Jeramy, Jeramie, Yeremy (Russian) Jeremia (Swedish)