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Quick Facts on Jeremiah

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Hebrew
  • Number of syllables:
  • 4
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 58
Simple meaning:
Appointed by God, Yahweh has established

Characteristics of Jeremiah

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jeremiah

The name Jeremiah comes from the Hebrew name Yirmeyah meaning “appointed by God” and/or the word yirmәyāhû which means “Yahweh has established.” Jeremiah is borne in the Hebrew Bible and Old Testament in a book that bears his name. Appointed by God “from the womb,” Jeremiah is often referred to as the “Weeping Prophet” given his gloomy subject matter. Arguably the most depressive person in the Bible, poor Jeremiah has the unfortunate commission from God to prophesize the destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians. Jeremiah must bear witness to this horrible event knowing full well that it could have been prevented if only the people had listened to his admonitions to repent! The name was mainly popularized by the austere Puritans in the 16th century, given their penchant for Biblical names depicting moral and religious strictness.

Popularity of the Name Jeremiah

The name Jeremiah came to the United States by way of the Puritans, so it’s been around as a male name since the colonies were established. However, Jeremiah did not hit the Big Time until the 1970’s when it really took off in popularity. It probably got a little jump by the chart-topping song recorded by Three Dog Night and released in 1971 called “Joy to the World” which was subtitled “Jeremiah was a Bullfrog.” The name became a Top 100 favorite between 1976 and 1984, after which it slipped off the list ever so slightly. It came back to the Top 100 in the year 2001, and Jeremiah is actually experiencing its highest success on the charts right now. Clearly the name is standing in its own right as a unique classical choice with understated antique-charm. The name is probably no longer associated with the Weeping Prophet and his cries of doomsday.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jeremiah
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jeremiah

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jeremiah

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jeremiah

    Jeremiah (Jeremiah) Jeremiah is the title character of a 1919 play by the Austrian born writer, Stefan Zweig. Inspired by the events of World War I, it employs the Biblical tale of the destruction of Jerusalem by the Assyrians to provide a lyrical anti-war platform. The defeat of the prophet Jeremiah is presented as a moral triumph: “You can kill a people but you cannot kill the god within them.”

    Jeremiah de Saint-Amour (Love in the Time of Cholera) Although a minor character in Gabriel Garcia Marquez’ much heralded 1985 novel, “Love In The Time Of Cholera,” Jeremiah is, nonetheless, the character who opens the book. Dr. Urbino discovers his chess companion, Jeremiah, dead by suicide, and is led to ruminate on the nature of infirmity, aging, death, and love.

    Reverend Jeremiah Brown (Inherit the Wind) Reverend Jeremiah Brown is a character in “Inherit The Wind,” the 1955 play by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, which fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey Trial”, wherein John Scopes was put on trial in Tennessee for teaching the theory of evolution in high school. That historical incident stands in for the McCarthy Era, when the intellectual freedom of our entire nation was sorely tested. The Scopes character, Bertram Cates, is excoriated by the Reverend Jeremiah Brown as a sinner who is damned to hell, and he denounces his own daughter, Rachel, for her love for Cates. It is the defense attorney, Brady, who quotes from Proverbs in denunciation of Brown: "He that troubleth his own house, shall inherit the wind."

  • Popular Songs on Jeremiah

    Popular Songs on Jeremiah

    Jeremiah - a song by Starsailor

    Jeremiah Blues - a song by Sting

    Jeremiah Symphony - a symphony by Leonard Bernstein

    Jeremiah Weed - a song by Gary Jules

    Jeremiah's Prayer - a song by Marc Broussard

    Joy to The World (Jeremiah Was a Bullfrog) - a song by Three Dog Night

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jeremiah

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jeremiah

    Help! I'm Late For School and I Can't Get Up (Ron Wheeler) - Jeremiah's back---to school. He's got a bad case of the term paper blues, but it's still going to be a great year because the rest of the gang is here too. Matt, Penny, Luke, Trudy, and of course, everybody's favorite English teacher. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    Jeremiah and Mrs. Ming (Sharon Jennings) - Mrs. Ming, the baby-sitter, is repeatedly confronted by a wide-awake Jeremiah, who explains in imaginative terms his familiar dilemma of not being able to get to sleep. Mrs. Ming, who is interrupted reading the Financial News, practicing her ballet steps, studying a poetry book, and hammering a nail into the wall, responds with patience and understanding at bedtime, setting the stage for Jeremiah to contentedly fall asleep. Recommended for ages baby to preschool.

    Jeremiah in the Dark Woods (Allan Ahlberg) - Once upon a time there were three bears, seven dwarfs, five gorillas, a frog prince, some sleeping beauties, a wolf, a dinosaur, a mad hatter, a steamboat, four firemen on a fire engine, a considerable number of giant beanstalks - and a little boy named Jeremiah Obadiah Jones. Jeremiah lives in the Dark Woods with his grandma, who is brave enough to fight off crocodiles with her bare hands and her handbag. But her legs aren't so good, so when her jam tarts are stolen she sends Jeremiah into the woods to find the culprit. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jeremiah: The Prophet Who Wouldn't Quit (William J. Petersen) - Do you often feel that God drops you into situations for reasons you don't understand? Then shake hands with Jeremiah, a man who lived most of his life with those same feelings. Jeremiah was thrust into a job he didn't want; he was unsuccessful in his mission; and he complained frequently to God about his problems. This Old Testament prophet found out that God's answers are not always immediate. From this study of Jeremiah's life, you too can learn to turn even your most trying times into spiritual stepping-stones. Recommended for ages young adult.

    Run, Jeremiah Run! (Mabel Elizabeth) - This is a story of faith and hope. Jeremiah is a young boy who finds himself running into life's toughest situations. As a foster child, life for him is a garbage bag filled with his things, a new school, and worst of all finding a new family. All he has ever wanted is a place to call his own, his own family, and a life of adventure without getting into trouble. Although life is tough for him, he holds on to his grandmother's promise- the promise of a handful of mustard seeds being planted one day to grow into a tree of his own. After being expelled from school again, he thinks that no one will ever want him to be a part of their family. But before long with the help of his friends, he learns a lesson of teamwork and what it really means to stick it out till the end. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Jeremiah

    Famous People Named Jeremiah

    Famous People Named Jeremiah - Jeremiah Dixon (surveyor of the Mason-Dixon Line); Jeremiah Wright (notable Chicago pastor); Jeremiah Horrocks (astronomer); Jeremiah Trotter (football player); Jeremiah Tower (chef); Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa (notable Irish nationalist); Jeremiah Clarke (English composer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jeremiah

    Children of Famous People Named Jeremiah

    Famous People who Named their Son Jeremiah - MC Hammer (musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Jeremiah - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Jeremiah - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jeremiah.

Personality of the Boy Name Jeremiah

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jeremiah

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