Name Mystery: Jeremiah
I’ve never considered Jeremiah popular. I haven‘t seen it suggested on naming websites or forums, or ever encountered it in the wild.
Yet, it was ranked at #58 in 2016. Its soundalike, Jedidiah, was #756 (variant Jedediah has never ranked).
Checking some other -iah names gives me #55 for Josiah (to me this is an understandable ranking, perhaps an honour/alternative to Joseph) and #439 for Zachariah.
Straying from the -iahs, Jeremiah outpaces seemingly “more popular” Biblical names like Ezra (#85) and Asher (#71).
The BNW book preview lists one of its styles as “African American,” so I’m thinking the popularity might be coming from that community. Though, I’ve never met a black Jeremiah (or Jer) so I’m skeptical.
I could see Jeremiah being popular among certain faith denominations, but they don’t seem like a significant percentage of the population. (Oh, and faith’s synonymous r-word is apparently spam).
Fri, 01/05/2018 - 2:05pm