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

The name Jemima is a girl's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dove". Jemima and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Girls and discussed in our forums with posts like "Quintuplets (mixed)".

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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, daughter of Job
Jemima Boone, daughter of Daniel Boone
Jemima Kirke, English-born American actress
Jemima Khan, English writer
Jemima Nicholas, led the women of Pembrokeshire in the "last invasion of Britain"
Jemima Rooper, English actress
Jemima Wilkinson, American evangelist
Jemima West, French actress
Jemima Ullyet (b. 2005), daughter of tennis player Kevin Ullyet
Jemima Bercow (b. 2008), daughter of British politicians John and Sally Bercow

Pop Culture References for the name Jemima

Jemima, character in "Cats"
Jemima, character on "Play School"
Lady Jemima, character in "My Aunt Margaret's Mirror" by Sir Walter Scott
Jemima Jones, character in "Jemima J" by Jane Green
Jemima Kicksey, character in "The Amours of Mr Deuceace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Jemima Potts, character in "Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang"
Jemima Puddleduck, character in eponymous book by Beatrix Potter
Jemima Stanbury, character in "He Knew He Was Right" by Anthony Trollope
Jemima "Jem" Walker, character on "In The Flesh"
Jemima "Jed" Marshall, character in "The Night Manager" by John le Carré
Aunt Jemima, advertising figure used for a U.S. brand of pancake mix and syrup

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