Meaning and name origin
Jerome \j(e)-ro-me\ as a boy's name is pronounced jer-OME. It is of Greek origin, and the meaning of Jerome is "sacred name". From Hieronymos. Saint Jerome (fourth century) was a scholar who prepared the Latin Vulgate, the standard accepted text of the Bible in the common language of the time. He is often portrayed with a lion, from the legend that he removed a thorn from the lion's pad and won the beast's lifelong loyalty. Jeroen is the Dutch form: Jerôme is French. Songwriter Jerome Kern; choreographer Jerome Robbins; football player Jerome Bettis.
Jerome▼ has 20 variant forms: Gerome, Geronimo, Gerrie, Gerry▼, Hierome, Hieronim, Hieronimo, Hieronimos, Hieronimus, Hieronymos, Hieronymus, Jairo▼, Jairome, Jeroen, Jeromo, Jeronimo, Jerrome, Jerron, Jerrone and Jerry▼.
For more information, see also the related boy name Chairo.
Jerome is a very popular first name for males (#166 out of 1220, Top 14%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4966 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jerome for boys. Jerome reached its highest rank of #101 in the U.S. in 1930-1939. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jerome and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jerry (#451), Jerome (#807), Jairo (#865) and Gerry. (2014 statistics).
Jerome▼ is also pronounced similarly to Jereme. Other suggested similar baby names are Jeramee, Jeramey, Jeramie▼, Jeramy▼, Jeremie▼, Jeremy▲, Jeromy▼, Jeron and Jerone. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jerome.