Thoughts on Jemima?
The first time I ever heard the name Jemima was when I was a little girl, in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. I fell in love with it, and loved it for years ... and only as a late teen/adult did I hear of the negative connotation it carries in the U.S.
It's such a disappointment to me that it seems totally off the table as an option for American parents, and I admit I'm envious of British parents, who seem to use it fairly regularly. It's Biblical, it's got great meaning (dove) and great nicknames (Jemma, Jem, et al.), it's literary (Dickens), it's international, and it's got an incredible sound to my ear. Jemima has all the qualities I look for in a name.
What do you all think? Is there any chance the tide will turn for Jemima in America? Or is the name simply unusable here, for now and for the foreseeable future?
Sat, 06/16/2012 - 9:44pm