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Gender: M Meaning of Jeremiah: "appointed by God" Origin of Jeremiah: Hebrew Jeremiah's Popularity in 2016: #58

Jeremiah, which is currently in 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.

Famous People Named Jeremiah

Jeremiah, head of the house of his fathers, of the tribe of Manasseh (1 Chr. 5:24)
Jeremiah, of the tribe of Benjamin, follower of David (1 Chr. 12:4)
Jeremiah, of the tribe of Gad, follower of David (1 Chr. 12:10)
Jeremiah, of the tribe of Gad, another follower of David (1 Chr. 12:13)
Jeremiah of Libnah, grandfather of Judean kings Jehoahaz and Zedekiah
Jeremiah, sealer of a covenant (Nehemiah 10:2)
Jeremiah Eames Rankin (1828-1904), hymnist
Jeremiah Andrew Denton, Jr., U.S. Navy real admiral and Senator from Alabama
Jeremiah Morrow, American politician; 9th Governor of Ohio
(John) Jeremiah "Liver-Eating" Johnson, American Frontiersmen
Jeremiah "Jerry" O'Connell, American actor
Jeremiah Coghlan, British naval officer
Jeremiah Denis Mathias Ford, American linguist
Jeremiah Trotter, American football player
Jeremiah Taeatafa Masoli, American CFL football player
Jeremiah Goodman, American illustrator
Jeremiah Jordan Rivers, American basketball player; son of coach Doc Rivers
Jeremiah Raber, Amish man on reality TV series "Breaking Amish"
Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, American pastor to President Barack Obama
Jeremiah "Jere" Cohan, American 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

Pop Culture References for the name Jeremiah

Jeremiah Fisher, character in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty"
Jeremiah Kincaid, character from movie "So Dear to My Heart"
Jeremiah Tortoise, character on TV series "Bear in the Big Blue House"
Jeremiah "Jem" Merlyn, character in Daphne du Maurier's "Jamaica Inn"
Jeremiah Danvers, character on TV's "Supergirl"
Jonah Jeremiah "JJ" Jones, character 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" Heere, character in "Be More Chill"

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) Heremias, Hieremias (Greek) Jeremia (Swedish)