Anglicized form, used in the Authorized Version of the New Testament (Matthew 2:17; 27:9), of the biblical name Jeremiah. Well-known British bearers include the politician Jeremy Thorpe (b. 1929), the actor Jeremy Irons (b. 1948), and the columnist and television presenter Jeremy Clarkson (b. 1960).
Northern English and Scottish: topographic name from northern Middle English applegarth ‘apple orchard’ (Old Norse apaldr ‘apple tree’ + garðr ‘enclosure’), or a habitational name from a place so named, of which there are examples in Cumbria and North and East Yorkshire, as well as in the county of Dumfries.