"appointed by God"

Jeremiah Origin and Meaning

The name Jeremiah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "appointed by God".

Jeremiah 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

  • Jeremiahhead of the house of his fathers, of the tribe of Manasseh (1 Chr. 5:24)
  • Jeremiahof the tribe of Benjamin, follower of David (1 Chr. 12:4)
  • Jeremiahof the tribe of Gad, follower of David (1 Chr. 12:10)
  • Jeremiahof the tribe of Gad, another follower of David (1 Chr. 12:13)
  • Jeremiah of Libnahgrandfather of Judean kings Jehoahaz and Zedekiah
  • Jeremiahson of Habaziniah, a Rechabite (Jeremiah 35:3)
  • Jeremiahsealer of a covenant (Nehemiah 10:2)
  • (John) Jeremiah "LiverEating" Johnson, American frontiersman
  • Jeremiah Eames Rankin (18281904), hymnist
  • Jeremiah MorrowAmerican politician; 9th Governor of Ohio
  • Jeremiah Andrew DentonJr., U.S. Navy real admiral and Senator from Alabama
  • Jeremiah Alvesta WrightAmerican pastor to President Barack Obama
  • Jeremiah "Jerry" O'ConnellAmerican actor
  • Jeremiah CoghlanBritish naval officer
  • Jeremiah Denis Mathias FordAmerican linguist
  • Jeremiah TrotterAmerican football player
  • Jeremiah Taeatafa MasoliAmerican CFL football player
  • Jeremiah GoodmanAmerican illustrator
  • Jeremiah Jordan RiversAmerican basketball player; son of coach Doc Rivers
  • Jeremiah RaberAmish man on reality TV series "Breaking Amish"
  • Jeremiah "Jere" CohanAmerican actor
  • Jeremiah Scott "Jair" Willis (b. 1993)second child (1st son) of the family band The Willis Clan
  • Jeremiah Robert Duggar (b. 1998)11th child (6th son) of the reality TV's Duggar family; twin of brother Jedidiah
  • Jeremiah Gray (b. 2001)son of NFL player and pastor Derwin Gray
  • Jeremiah Wynn (b. 2007)son of NFL player Jarius Wynn
  • Jeremiah Angel Solomon (b. 2009)octuplet of Nadya Suleman
  • Jeremiah McDonald (b. 2012)son of professional soccer player Jessica McDonald

Jeremiah in Pop Culture

  • Jeremiah Fishercharacter in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty"
  • Jeremiah Kincaidcharacter from movie "So Dear to My Heart"
  • Jeremiah Tortoisecharacter on TV series "Bear in the Big Blue House"
  • Jeremiah "Jem" Merlyncharacter in Daphne du Maurier's "Jamaica Inn"
  • Jeremiah Danverscharacter on TV's "Supergirl"
  • Jonah Jeremiah "JJ" Jonescharacter on British TV series "Skins"
  • "Jeremiah was a bullfrog" first line of the song "Joy to the World" by Three Dog Night
  • "Jeremiah" TV series and its main character
  • Jeremiah "Jeremy" Heerecharacter in "Be More Chill"
  • Jeremiah "Miah" Roselindcharacter in the novel "If You Come Softly" by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Jeremiah “Jemmy” Alexander Ian Fraser Mackenziecharacter in the “Outlander” novel and TV series

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