Gender: Male Meaning of Jeremiah: "appointed by God" Origin of Jeremiah: Hebrew Jeremiah's Popularity in 2019: #70

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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Rank in US: #70

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Famous People Named Jeremiah

Pop Culture References for the name Jeremiah

Jerry, Jeremy, Jeramiah, Yeremiya, Jerimya, Jemmie, Yeremia, Yerenuyah, Jerimiah, Jeremi, Jer, Jermyn, Jemmy, Jem, Jeramiha, Jaramia,

Jeremiah's International Variations

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


henriettamarina Says:



fifi_forever Says:


Can someone please tell me how to pronounce this! I am so confused 😂

paulapuddephatt Says:


I like that. :-)

danirose01 Says:


What about with Remy as a nn??

paulapuddephatt Says:


Much nicer than Jeremy, in my opinion. I think Jerry would be cute as a nickname, but it might be too dated, or/and too linked with Tom and Jerry. Jeremiah is too long to use with no nickname, really.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Oh okay! I never watched that show.

KathrynElaine Says:


I suspect they are referencing the Dick Van Dyke Show, where the family's next-door neighbor and best friend is a dentist named Jerry. His wife has a very distinctive voice, and when I read the name Jerry, I automatically hear it in my head spoken in HER voice, often as she's nagging her husband. :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


Can anyone explain how Jerry sounds like the family dentist? Seems oddly specific. There are lots of people named Jerry. Just so confused here!

indiefendi2 Says:


I hear this name darn near everyday. It doesn't have the luster to me, it's as common as Jacob in my area.

Leah3456 Says:


What a handsome-sounding name!

Bobcat108 Says:


A potential nn might be Jem.