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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) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#4966 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jerome for boys (2015 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.
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