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

Jemima Origin and Meaning

The name Jemima is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dove".

Jemima, the name of a strong and beautiful Biblical daughter of Job, has long been among the chicest choices of aristocratic Brits, most recently ranking at #231 there in 2017. But despite its lovely sound and peaceful meaning, this attractive name hasn't ranked in the US Top 1000 since 1893, no doubt due to the problematic association with racial stereotyping, exemplified by the Aunt Jemima brand of pancakes.

Jemima was well used by the Puritans, as was that of her sister, Keziah. Some other famous namesakes are Beatrix Potter's Jemima Puddle-Duck and characters in Chitty, Chitty, Bang Bang, Cats, and Thackeray's Vanity Fair. A real-life bearer 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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Pop Culture References for the name Jemima

Jemma, Jemimah, Jem, Mimma, Mima, Jemi, Jemmie, Jamima, Jemmy, Jemmimah

Comments

SloaneSquare Says:

2017-07-26T14:16:07

Adorable name

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-01-09T16:08:43

My surname is Puddephatt. A lot of my favourite names would sound awful with that name. Jemima isn't one of my favourites. Just as well - Jemima Puddleduck, right??? 😀 Is anyone else from the UK, and old enough to associate this name with a ragdoll on Playschool? Just wondered...!!!

thesaltypeach Says:

2016-07-22T10:28:32

Pancake syrup.

oliviamcdonald Says:

2016-06-28T03:04:47

I think it's a great name! Here in Aus the name reminds me of the doll from the TV show Playschool, or Jemima puddle duck. Neither of them are bad things.
I can see it on a baby, a little girl, a teen and an adult equally.

JemC Says:

2016-05-24T08:32:32

I'm Australian and yes, my name is Jemimah (the original biblical spelling). I've been to the States a lot and have once in while had the 'Aunt Jemima' comment. Here in Aus it's all about Jemima the doll from kids' TV show Playschool. I hated the reference as a kid, but I now think it's pretty cool. Nick names I've gotten over the years include Jem (most common) Jemmy, Jemsy, Jem Jem, Jim Jams, Mimey, Mim, and Mima. I like having a reasonably unique name - so to those haters - no skin off my nose!! But to those who love it, it's a great name to have!

katinka Says:

2016-03-04T07:14:23

Love Jemima! It's sweet, spunky, unusual and has the great nickname Jem. Here in the UK there are no negative associations, as far as I know - I'd love to see Jemima get more use!

SimoneKadele Says:

2016-01-05T01:33:00

This is one of my favorite names! I don't think the Aunt Jemima stereotype is as much of a problem where I live.

RoddyThlayli Says:

2015-08-31T00:07:05

My family are crazy foodie people, so the Jemima syrup association wouldn't occur to me, as I've never had it around my house. I was obsessed with Cats for a while, so that's what I automatically think of. In the version that I've watched, she was one of my favorite singers. I really like this name, in general, and Emi or Jemi would be nice nicknames :)

MyAccount Says:

2015-07-29T19:44:03

I agree with Guest. Its sound is beautiful, the meaning is beautiful, and I wish it were more popular, but here in America, people might think you're race-baiting. It depends on where you live in America and the type of people you meet daily (black or white, rude or kind).
I know a Jemima. Her last name is Smith, and her brothers are Nahum and Skylar, (unheard of for boys in the '80s), so her mom was obviously trying to do the best she could against THE most popular last name in the English language. She is white, but she still got racist jokes and criticisms. She didn't let them get to her, though, and now, most people are polite, esp. adults. The image of her name is not really an issue any more.
I read on a Nameberry article that kids bearing other names with associations are also enduring rude jokes, such as Noah (Noah's ark) and Dexter (Dexter's laboratory), but most comments were in favor of "ignore rudeness, name your child what you want." Why can't we do the same with Jemima?
One thing's for sure: if hubby's last name is Smith or something similar, Jemima's one of my top choices for a girl.

Zelliew Says:

2015-06-28T02:15:33

It's cute!

alexandramae Says:

2015-06-27T21:48:32

I'd definitely avoid because of the racist stereotype.

Sakura Says:

2015-06-27T21:23:36

riude

Sakura Says:

2015-06-27T21:18:47

My name is Jemima and i am most definitely not a stuck up snob

lesliemarion Says:

2015-02-15T21:33:32

I adore this name.

Catastroffy Says:

2014-12-23T10:28:00

I'm from Northern England too, but nobody I have met has thought of the name as being pompous or snobbish.

Essa Says:

2014-12-18T21:00:57

When I hear this name I think 2 things...
1. Puddle duck
2. Stuck up snob

Which is such a shame because the name is really pretty. I think I could get past the puddle duck connotations but I don't think it'll ever lose it's pompous face where I'm from (Northern England!)

sixbillionsouls6 Says:

2014-12-08T04:43:05

My name is Fonn which is Icelandic and it isn't on this website

Guest Says:

2014-11-15T20:22:50

that's so rude. >:(

Amber Says:

2014-10-29T22:01:45

Why?

gracexx Says:

2014-10-29T21:39:25

This is a stupid name I always laugh when I hear it

Guest Says:

2014-10-29T17:26:10

Well Thomas is one of the most common names in the world. Jemima is more obscure so I guess it's easier to ostracize, especially in America but I don't think that should stop people from using it. I think Jemima is a very jaunty intriguing name. Juliet and Ophelia are moving up in popularity and I think they're both basketcases. I actually quite like Aunt Jemima syrup to be honest. If this name could be super popular in the UK I would hope that in the future America could let go of the negative stereotype around it. One could shorten it to Gemma as a nickname.

Noetje Says:

2014-10-29T06:56:58

Funny thing is.. Uncle Tom is about the same stereotype yet no one has a problem using the name Tom.

jem Says:

2014-10-29T05:54:12

I may be biased, but I love this name ;) I've only ever had positive comments!

jordalini Says:

2014-10-29T02:29:21

Pancakes, she has the best store bought syrup, note store bought.

Kisa Says:

2014-10-12T04:54:49

This name is just beautiful. I think this name is a need of a good revival in the USA!

unicornluvgirl Says:

2014-08-30T19:21:58

Oh! That sucks. At first I was worried it was actually because Aunt Jemima WAS black. Which would have been worse. Too bad, that's a pretty name.

Guest Says:

2014-08-19T01:16:45

Because of the Aunt Jemima stereotype of black people. "Subservient always smiling black maid". :(

unicornluvgirl Says:

2014-08-14T01:03:59

Wait- why? Why won't they let you use it? Because of the pancakes or what?

Jemima Bamaiyi Says:

2014-07-31T16:13:41

Am nigerian and that's my name, Jemima. Although I pronounce it as Jamima, and I love the aunty Jemima pancakes, wonder of mommy will make me some

Guest Says:

2014-07-30T19:31:38

has a quite rhythmic quality to it but my family would never let me use it because...you know. gah! if only we were Brits! I'd definitely use it then.