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What does Jeremiah mean?

Jeremiah Pronunciation of Jeremiah as a boys' name is pronounced jare-ah-MYE-ah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jeremiah is "the Lord exalts". Biblical: one of the major prophets, a scholar. Besides writing the Book of Jeremiah and Lamentations, Jeremiah compiled and wrote the histories of I and II Kings.


ASSOCIATED WITH biblical, prophets, scholar (philosopher), book (literary), kings


VARIANTS Dermot, Dermott, Diarmid, Geremia, Jem, Jemmie, Jereme, Jeremia, Jeremias, Jeremija, Jeremiya, Jeremy, Jermyn, Jerry, Yeremia, Yeremiya, Yeremiyah

SEE ALSO Hieremias




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How popular is Jeremiah?

Jeremiah is a very prominent first name for males (#311 out of 1220, Top 25%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#19968 out of 150436, Top 13%). (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Jeremiah reached its peak rank of #51 in the U.S. in 2011, and is currently at #65. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeremiah name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

Prominent alternative forms of Jeremiah (#65 IN RECENT RANKINGS) ranked in the Top 2000 are Jeremy (#204), Jerry (#601), Jeremias (#887) and Jereme. These forms of Jeremiah reached the height of their popularity 5 decades ago (ADOPTION OF 1.3%) and are now much less common (ADOPTION 0.5%, 64%), with forms like Jeremy becoming somewhat dated. Jeremiah is the firm favorite, although Jeremias seems to be getting popular too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jeremiah, Jereme, Jeremias, Jeremy, Jerry in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jeremiah is pronounced similarly to Jeramie and Jeremie. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Hezekiah, Jedadiah, Jedaiah, Jedediah, Jediah, Jedidiah, Jerah, Jeramee (see Jeremy), Jeramey, Jeramy, Jeran, Jeren, Jereth, Jeriah, Jerman, Jermin, Jerome, Jeromo, Jeromy, Jerrah, Jerrin, Jesiah, Jorian, Jurian, Meredith, Nechemiah (see Nehemiah), Nehemiah, Zebediah, Zedekiah and Zekeriah. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jeremiah.

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