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Meaning and Name Origin

Jerome \j(e)-ro-me\ as a boys' 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 variants: 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 for both adults and children (#4966 out of 88799, Top 6%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the baby name popularity of Jerome for boys. Jerome reached its highest rank of #101 in the U.S. during the years 1930-1939, and is at #807 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jerome name in U.S.

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

Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Jerome and corresponding names. Prominent varying forms of Jerome (#807 the previous year) listed in the Top 1000 are Jerry (#451 the previous year), Jairo (#865) and Gerry. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during the years 1950-1959 and is now much lower, with the forms Jairo, Jerome, Jerry and Gerry becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Gerry, Jairo, Jerome, Jerry in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jerome and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jerome is pronounced similarly to Jereme. Other recommended similar baby names are Jeramee, Jeramey, Jeramie, Jeramy, Jeremie, Jeremy, Jeromy, Jeron and Jerone. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jerome.