What does Jeremy mean?
Jeremy \j(e)-re-my\ as a boys' name is pronounced JARE-a-mee. Variant of Jeremiah, in use since the Middle Ages. Modern use may have been inspired by a character named Jeremy on the 1960s TV series "Here Come the Brides". Actor Jeremy Irons; football player Jeremy Shockey.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Zachary.
Jeremy is a very popular first name for males (#76 out of 1220, Top 6%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#57849 out of 150436, Top 38%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Jeremy for boys. Jeremy was first listed in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #24 in the U.S. during 1970-1979, and is currently at #169. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Prominent related forms of Jeremy (#169 the previous year) ranked in the Top 1000 are Jeremiah (#56 the previous year), Zachary (#82), Jerry (#451), Jeromy, Jeremie, Jeramy, Jere and Jeramie. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity during the years 1970-1979 (usage of 0.5268%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.3602%, down 31.6%), with versions like Jerry, Jeramie, Jere, Jeremie and Jeromy falling out of style. Jeremiah (#56), Zachary (#82) and Jeremy (#169) are three of the more fashionable birth names here, with Jeremiah having a resurgence in popularity. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Jeremy and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)