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Jem for Jeremiah?

(17 Posts)
VanillaIce Thu 20-Aug-09 15:46:33

What do people think of the name Jeremiah? To be shortened to Jem (as in To Kill a Mockingbird). I feel you need a proper name to christen them with, hence Jeremiah, which should keep any priest happy!

lynniep Thu 20-Aug-09 15:50:08

I like it. I may even pinch it wink

Heated Thu 20-Aug-09 15:51:29

Yes, it will work imo. Jem in TKAM was a Jeremy, the other name that Jem shortens from(love that book & Gregory Peck btw!)

VanillaIce Thu 20-Aug-09 15:51:56

Feel free lynniep but if you live in my neck of the woods, there'll be handbags! grin

brimfull Thu 20-Aug-09 15:52:08

I really like it

LetThemEatCake Thu 20-Aug-09 17:13:24

lovely, go for it

tummytickler Thu 20-Aug-09 18:30:50

Oh - I wanted this exact combo - Jeremiah for a full name and Jem for a nn!
dh wont let me though - i still intend to change his mind - you never know!
So i love it - i am glad a little Jeremiah/Jem will be running around somewheere even if he is not mine grin

Thunderduck Thu 20-Aug-09 18:36:48

I love Jeremiah. No need for a nickname though imho.

donttrythisathome Thu 20-Aug-09 18:49:49

Very traditional name in Ireland for the older flat-cap generation. Shortened to Miah often. There was a double-act in Cork called Cha and Miah...

So, if you're in Ireland, in particular Cork, and don't want those associations, then no. Otherwise, I think it's a far superior name to Jeremy, which sounds watery and weak to me.

GrapefruitMoon Thu 20-Aug-09 18:56:28

I think the reason Jeremiah was popular in ireland was that it is/was used as an Anglicized version of Diarmuid. I've never heard of it being shortened to Jem tbh and I'm not sure it's time for a comeback has come yet... but I like Jem - but didn't that used to be a short version of James (which I prefer to Jeremiah)

WinkyWinkola Thu 20-Aug-09 19:24:10

I love it.

catinthehat2 Thu 20-Aug-09 19:29:58

Not bad at all, I like it.

MsBrandybuck Thu 20-Aug-09 19:31:00

Excellent choice wink

hester Thu 20-Aug-09 19:39:26

Really nice.

jkklpu Thu 20-Aug-09 19:40:44

I know one - vg

mathanxiety Fri 21-Aug-09 07:49:00

I think Jeremy is a Polish version of Jeremiah -- if not then it's used by the Polish community in the US quite a lot and I can't figure out why. It's a great name, sometimes also shortened to Jer. You don't bump into a lot of them.

BalloonSlayer Fri 21-Aug-09 08:04:06

Jeremiah is a lovely sounding name I agree but it is a synonym for a misery-guts, particularly among the older generation/religious people.

"I don't want to be a Jeremiah about it but..."

This is because Jeremiah was a prophet in the Bible who had a lot of bad news to prophesy prophisie fortell. I think he was the original "prophet of doom."

In my not-very-thorough dictionary it says "a pessimistic person."

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