What does Jeremiah mean?
Jeremiah \j(e)-re-miah\ as a boys' name is pronounced jare-ah-MYE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jeremiah is "the Lord exalts". Biblical: one of the major prophets, a scholar. Besides writing the Book of Jeremiah and Lamentations, Jeremiah compiled and wrote the histories of I and II Kings.
For more information, see also the related boy name Hieremias.
Jeremiah has 1 feminine form: Jeremia.
Jeremiah is a very prominent first name for males (#311 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#19968 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Jeremiah for boys. Jeremiah reached its peak rank of #51 in the U.S. in 2011, and is currently at #56. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Jeremiah and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Jeremiah (#56 in 2014) ranked in the Top 1000 are Jeremy (#169 in 2014) and Jerry (#451). These boy names reached the height of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.9187%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.7747%, down 15.7%), with the form Jerry becoming less trendy. Jeremiah (#56) and Jeremy (#169) are two of the more fashionable birth names in this compilation, and there is also a rekindling in baby name usage for Jeremiah. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Jeremiah is pronounced similarly to Jeremie▼. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jeremiah.