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What does Jeremiah mean?

Jeremiah [je-re-mi-ah] 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.

Associated with: biblical, prophets, scholar (philosopher), book (literary), kings.


Jeremiah has 17 variants: Dermot, Dermott, Diarmid, Geremia, Jem, Jemmie, Jereme, Jeremia, Jeremias, Jeremija, Jeremiya, Jeremy, Jermyn, Jerry, Yeremia, Yeremiya and Yeremiyah.

Affiliated boy name: Hieremias.

Jeremiah has 1 feminine form: Jeremia.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jarmiah, Jarremiah, ..

(female) Jerema, Jeremina, ..

How popular is Jeremiah?

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeremiah name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jeremiah outside U.S.

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Jeremiah and associated names. Prominent alternative forms of Jeremiah (#56 in recent rankings) ranked in the Top 2000 are Jeremy (#169 in recent rankings), Jerry (#451), Jeremias (#1121) and Jereme. These forms of Jeremiah reached the height of their popularity 4 decades ago (adoption of 1.3%) and are now much less common (adoption 0.5%, 58%), with forms like Jeremy becoming somewhat dated. Jeremiah is the firm favorite.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeremiah, Jereme, Jeremias, Jeremy, Jerry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jeremy outside U.S.

Similar Names


Jeremiah is pronounced similarly to Jeramie and Jeremie. Other suggested similar names are Hezekiah, Jedadiah, Jedaiah, Jedediah, Jediah, Jedidiah, Jerah, Jeramee (see Jeremy), Jeramey, Jeramy, Jeran, Jeren, Jereth, Jeriah, Jerman, Jermin, Jerome, Jeromo, Jeromy, Jerrah, Jerrin, Jesiah, Jorian, Jurian, Meredith, Nechemiah (see Nehemiah), Nehemiah, Zebediah, Zedekiah and Zekeriah. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jeremiah.