Gender: Male Meaning of Kermit: "free man" Origin of Kermit: Irish, variant of Diarmaid/Dermot

Kermit Origin and Meaning

The name Kermit is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "free man".

Kermit was a Top 500 name until the 1960s, not coincidentally the decade in which Kermit the Frog became well known, proving that it isn't easy being green, even for a name. But we think it's time for some of those appealing Sesame Street names--Kermit, Elmo, Grover--to be taken out of that context and be considered on their own.

Historically, Kermit is known via Kermit Roosevelt, soldier and explorer son of President Theodore Roosevelt.

And if you're still not convinced, you can consider Dermot.

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Renee5322 Says:


That stupid frog... I actually think this name is cute, but I'd never use it.

ParanoidAndroid Says:


“Hi-ho!” Not surprisingly, Kermit fell off the charts by the early-mid 70s. The name, however unique and pleasant it may be, suffers from its heavy associations. Other than the fictitious amphibian, real life Kermit Gosnell, an abortionist responsible for the hundreds of newborn babies’ deaths, does no justice to the name. Bombardier for Kermit K. Beahan dropped the second atomic bomb on Nagasaki. Basketball player Kermit Washington infamously punched Rudy Tomjanovich on the court in 1977, which nearly killed Rudy. As much as I love Kermit, the name will have to wait a few years before it possibly revives.

molly_c00 Says:


I know that lol

paulapuddephatt Says:

2017-05-11T10:54:38 This is a poll I did about Abraham on Behind the Name. I've had more response on other names (more votes), but so far, it's mixed. I voted for 'like' myself, but one person voted for 'love it'. It just interested me to see what the response would be. Some names come out with an overwhelming 'not a fan' majority. I haven't tried a poll on NB.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Abraham is in the Bible, too.

gummybear0724 Says:


Abraham was in the bible. Kermit is an ok name I guess.

molly_c00 Says:


I never heard of an Abraham. And yeah Noah is popular now but thats a name in the bible not a president in the 1800s

paulapuddephatt Says:


I do know one Abraham. I can think of names I prefer, but it's okay, or seems okay to me. I didn't know a Noah growing up, apart from one boy in my brother's year, who wasn't from an English speaking country. Now the name is super popular, mainly for kids.

molly_c00 Says:


No because Abraham is just so horrendously out of date and yes, I realize i am using the same logic here that you used with Kermit but there is literally not a single person anyone knows or heard of named Abraham other than the president and what kid wants to have the same name that the only other person who has it is an old dead man

paulapuddephatt Says:


I wouldn't use Lester or Abraham, but prefer them to Kermit, especially Abraham. I don't think Abraham is cruel. Is calling a boy Noah cruel, then?

molly_c00 Says:


I don't think so, I think it would be cute and fun. Whats cruel would be something like Lester or Abraham or something. The kid could really make it his own.

paulapuddephatt Says:


I know it is a real name, but I personally think it would be cruel to use it for a child now.

molly_c00 Says:


It was a very popular name for many years. Then it became the name of a very famous frog, and ever since then no one wants to name their kid after a frog. But you wouldn't be naming him after a frog; it just happened to also be the name of a famous frog. It would be very unique and automatically give a sense of humor and personality.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Minnie and Mickey are mainly used as nicknames, and are just not as ridiculous as Kermit. Other than the Muppet, never heard it in use. I think a kid would get teased with this name.

molly_c00 Says:


I love this name. I don't have any kids and I never wanted to have any even when I get older but if I did I would name a son Kermit. I think I can look past the Muppets tie because one of my favorite books is based in the 1930s and there is a character named Kermit and he is very funny and lovable. I don't think a kid named Kermit would get made fun of. I think it would be unique and fun and he would probably be funny and popular. Also, there'd be no one else with the name. Kermit is a real name; just because it was used for a famous character doesn't have to mean it is ruined now. Just like Mickey, Minnie, Daisy, etc.

paulapuddephatt Says:


You might as well call your daughter Miss Piggy. Too cruel.

Alicia Thompson Says:


My son is named Kermit. He is 15 yrs old now and has always been a well known and well liked boy because no one ever forgets him because of his name. Never had anyone tease him for it. He loves his name.

Zelliew Says:


Any child would automatically associate Kermit with a green frog

Dspisces1407 Says:


Just don't please.

lesliemarion Says:


I think this is the cutest name!

mabespark Says:


WAY too tied to Sesame Street.

Sweekune Says:


I think it would be particularly unkind to name your son Kermit!