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)
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)
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.