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Quick Facts on Jerome

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, Greek
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 762
Simple meaning:
Holy name

Characteristics of Jerome

  • Communicative
  • Creative
  • Optimistic
  • Popular
  • Social
  • Dramatic
  • Happy

Etymology & Historical Origin - Jerome

Jerome is the English version of the Greek Hieronymos (‘Ιερωνυμος) from the elements “hieros” meaning “holy” and “onoma” meaning “name”. In other words, Jerome is a “holy name”. It was made popular by a 4th/5th century citizen of the Eastern Roman Empire named Eusebius Sophronius Hieronymus, better known as St. Jerome. St. Jerome was commissioned by Pope Damasus I in 382 to translate the Bible from Old Latin into the Vulgate (or common Latin edition). St. Jerome was responsible for translating the entire Bible into one stylistically consistent linguistic form which was used from the 5th century on up through the Middle Ages. His prolific writings (second only to St. Augustine) secured him the title Doctor of the Church. He was highly regarded beyond his own time and the name Jerome was used throughout medieval Europe in his honor (Geronimo is the Italian form). Apropos to his contributions, St. Jerome is the patron saint of translators, librarians and encyclopedists.

Popularity of the Name Jerome

Jerome has held a position on the American male naming charts since the U.S. government first began tracking naming trends (1880). Although we can say with confidence the name was used in the United States well before that. Since the 20th century Jerome was never a Top 100 favorite choice except for briefly between 1935 and 1940, but he did hover around that level for 40 some odd years. By the 1970s, Jerome was declining ever so slowly on the charts; during the 1990s those drops became more pronounced. In this new century alone Jerome has plummeted over 300 positions down to his lowest levels of usage ever. This “holy name” is barely on anyone’s radar anymore making him an original name choice today. There are a few illustrious American name bearers you may be unaware of. For instance, reclusive author J.D. Salinger was born Jerome David. Jerome is also the first name shared by comedian Jerry Seinfeld and musician Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead. Ok, so maybe these Jeromes aren't exactly "holy" they are certainly iconic figures in our culture! And if that isn't enough to get your attention maybe this will: Chef on South Park is really named “Jerome McElroy”.
Popularity of the Boy Name Jerome
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jerome

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Jerome

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jerome

    Jerome We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jerome.

  • Popular Songs on Jerome

    Popular Songs on Jerome

    Bring It To Jerome - a song by Bo Diddley

    It's a Perfect Day Jerome - a song by Plankeye

    Me and Jerome - a song by Sarah Slean

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Jerome

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Jerome

    Jerome (Laura L. Seeley) - Jerome is on his way to an orphanage and a new home. All of the other stuffed animals are full of excitement and joy at the possibility of belonging to a little boy or girl. Jerome is not full of excitement or joy. He is full of anxiety. Looking around the cardboard box as they bounce down the road, all he can see is how different he is from the other animals. First, there is Fig, a bunny with a puffball for a tail and ears that stand up. She is so cute! Jerome hates his own ears that just wobble and flop.Then there is Taj, the giraffe who is tall with a neck that is long and graceful. Jerome is short and his neck seems to have disappeared. Why can't he be like everyone else? As Jerome gets closer to the orphanage, he meets Pierre who is plain brown just like him. There is one difference though. Jerome has a big beautiful smile. Through it all, Jerome learns that being different is what makes him so special. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Jerome Camps Out (Eileen Christelow) - Jerome Alligator is going on a camping trip with his Swamp School classmates. Jerome and his pal P.J. are excited about swimming, hiking, fishing, and sleeping in a tent, but the class bully, Buster, turns out to be their tentmate, and he's up to his usual nasty tricks. How Jerome and P.J. turn the tables on Buster makes the kind of lively, laugh-aloud story young readers have come to expect from the creator of the Five Little Monkeys. A monstrously surprising ending adds to the fun. Part of a series. Look for other Jerome titles. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Jerome le gopheur (Robert Gareau) - French edition. Jerome n'est pas un animal comme les autres. De la famille des spermophiles - ces chiens de prairie aussi connus sous le nom de gopheur -, Jerome ne s'en laisse pas imposer. L'oeil vif, le geste aguerri, Jerome questionne le monde qui l'entoure avec la confiance de sa jeunesse. Il y decouvre un univers d'etres etranges qui roulent et ecrasent tout ce qui bouge et des betes mysterieuses qui se font appeler “humains”, qu'il “vaut mieux regarder de loin” au dire des anciens. A new and original look at the fragile balance of nature and the duty we all share to conserve this balance. Recommended for ages 6-9.

    Jerome's Jam (Rainey) - Join Jazz for another magical DreamDog adventure as she helps a young boy named Jerome, empowering him to overcome his sibling jealousy and replace it with love. When Jerome realizes his mother is having a second child, he is filled with jealousy. Jazz helps him realize that the new baby means more love, not less. This is the perfect story for every big brother or big sister to help them understand how wonderful it is to be part of a growing family! Recommended for ages 4-8.

    St. Jerome and the Lion (Margaret Hodges) - An illustrated retelling of the legend of Saint Jerome and the lion that he sheltered in his monastery. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Jerome

    Famous People Named Jerome

    Famous People Named Jerome - Jerome “J.D.” Salinger (American author); Jerome ”Jerry” Seinfeld (actor/comedian); Jerome "Jerry" Garcia (Grateful Dead musician); Jerome K. Jerome (British author); Jerome "Jerry" Orbach (actor); Jerome Bettis (football player); Jerome Kern (composer); Jerome Robbins (choreographer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Jerome

    Children of Famous People Named Jerome

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Jerome - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jerome.

Personality of the Boy Name Jerome

The Three energy is powerful and enthusiastic. These personalities are cheerful, full of self-expression, and often quite emotional. They have an artistic flair and "gift-of-gab" that makes them natural entertainers. Their joyfulness bubbles over, and their infectious exuberance draws a crowd. The Three personality is like a child - forever young and full of delight. They are charming, witty, and generally happy people. The Three personality lives in the "now" and has a spontaneous nature. Threes seem to live with a bright and seemingly unbreakable aura that attracts others to them. In turn, they are deeply loyal and loving to their friends and family. Luck also has a tendency to favor number Threes.

Variations of the Baby Name - Jerome

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