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Jeremiah (M)>

Jeremiah (male)

Synonym(s):Diarmaid (M)
Variants:Darby (M) Dermuit (M) Diarmad (M) Diarmait (M) Diarmid (M) Hierimias (M) Jeremias (M) Jeremy (M)
Diminutive(s):Jerem (M) Jeremia (M)
Derivative(s):Diarmad (M)
Derivative of:Demetrius (M)
Lesser Synonym(s):Dermot (M)
Source(s): English Parish Register
FreeCEN 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire
The Oxford Names Companion, OUP
"Scottish Forenames" - Donald Whyte, FGH, FSG
Personal correspondence [Jf, GGF]

English from Hebrew "appointed by God"; OT Book of Jeremiah. Popular with Puritans.

This forename occurs rarely in the 1841 Census of Aberdeenshire together with very rare occurrences of Jerem [which could be Jeremy] and Jeremia.

In old documents in Latin, the forms Hierimias or Jeremias may be used, with appropriate case endings.

In Scotland Diarmad and in Ireland Diarmaid [and their variants] may be Anglicized as Jeremiah. Correspondents [Jf and GGF] have noted Irish parish records where the Gaelic Diarmaid has been used fully synonymously with Jeremiah.