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Meaning and Name Origin

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.


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

For more on this name, 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 (#15169 out of 88799, Top 17%). (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)

Top 1000 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 popularity 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 and are now much less popular, with the form Jerry becoming less trendy. Jeremiah (#56) and Jeremy (#169) are two of the more fashionable birth names in this compilation, with Jeremiah undergoing a rekindling in usage. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jeremiah, Jeremy, Jerry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jeremiah is pronounced similarly to Jeremie. This name tends to be less frequently used than Jeremiah.