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Gender: M Meaning of Jeremiah: "appointed by God" Origin of Jeremiah: Hebrew Jeremiah's Popularity in 2015: #55

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 Morrow, American politician (1771-1852)
Jeremiah Johnson: Frontiersmen
Jeremiah Denton, retired United States Navy rear admiral
Jeremiah Trotter, American football player
Jeremiah Masoli, American football player
Jeremiah Angel Solomon, octuplet of Nadya Suleman
Jeremiah Raber, Amish man on reality show "Breaking Amish"
Jeremiah "Jerry" O'Connell, American actor
Jeremiah Scott "Jair" Willis, second child (1st son) of the family band The Willis Clan
Jeremiah Robert Duggar, 11th child (6th son) of the reality TV show 19 Kids and Counting's Duggar family
Jeremiah Wynn, son of NFL player Jarius Wynn
Jeremiah Gray, son of NFL player and pastor Derwin Gray

Pop Culture References for the name Jeremiah

Jeremiah Fisher, character in Jenny Han's "The Summer I Turned Pretty."
"Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog" ("Joy to the World"), song by Three Dog Night
Jeremiah Kincaid, character from movie "So Dear To My Heart"
Jeremiah Tortoise, from children's 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'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)