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Origin, Meaning, And History Of Jeremy

Jeremy is of Hebrew and Old English origin. The name means “lifted” or “exalted by God.” It has significant biblical roots because it is an anglicized version of the Hebrew name Jeremiah, which means ‘Yahweh will exalt’ or ‘God will exalt’ as Yahweh means god in Hebrew. Several New Testament translations use the variation, Jeremiah.

Jeremiah, a prophet in the Bible, warned of Jerusalem’s destruction and denounced the Israelites for their crimes. He is believed to have written the Book of Jeremiah and the Book of Lamentations of the Old Testament. The name Jeremiah is also considered to be an Anglicized version of the Irish name Dairmaid.

With their preference for Biblical names that implied moral and theological strictness, the austere Puritans of the 16th century were primarily responsible for popularizing the name. In the 20th century, Jeremy gained acceptance as a recognized English spelling of the name.

Jeremiah, Jérémie, Jérémy, Jerry, Jeremie, Jeremih, Jeramee, Jeramie, Jeremee, Jeremeigh, and Jeremey are common variations of the name used worldwide.

Jeremy has been the name of several fictional characters in various media, each with special attributes and qualities. In the classic novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ the protagonist Atticus Finch’s son is named Jeremy or Jem. In the American teen drama ‘The Vampire Diaries,’ there is a character by the name Jeremy Gilbert. There is ‘Jeremy Fink in the Meaning of Life,’ a children’s novel by Wendy Mass. In Phineas and Ferb, Jeremy Johnson is Candace Flynn’s boyfriend. He plays the guitar for the band Jeremy and the Incidentals.

The Social Security Administration’s 2021 data shows that the name gained immense popularity in the 1970s and 80s. Jeremy is the 239th most prevalent boy’s name in the US. Jeremy was ranked in the top 100 until 2003, but since then, it has gradually fallen down the chart, spending decades in the top 300.


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Famous People With The Name Jeremy

  • Jeremy DavisBassist for American rock band Paramore, co-produced and played bass on the B.o.B. song “Violet Vibrato”
  • Jeremy FallAmerican editor in chief of Cliché Magazine, co-founder and former CEO of J. Fall Group
  • Jeremy GableAmerican playwright and game designer, known for composing the musical parody “Giant Green Lizard! The Musical”
  • Jeremy LondonAmerican actor, best known for his regular roles on Party of Five, 7th Heaven
  • Jeremy PivenAmerican actor, best known for his role as Ari Gold in the comedy series Entourage, for which he won a Golden Globe Award
  • Jeremy RennerAmerican actor, best known for his role as Hawkeye in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Jeremy On The Popularity Chart

Jeremy has seen a steep decline in popularity since the 1980s. Check the graph below to see how the name fares in the popularity charts.

Popularity Over Time

Jeremy has seen a sharp descent after a good run in the early 1980s. Have a look at the graph to know more.

Source: Social Security Administration

Rank Over Time

The name hovered around the 12000 rank in the 80s but started a downward trend from 1983. It ranked its lowest in 2007 at 20694. Check the graph for more.

Source: Social Security Administration

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