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).
French: variant of Bellegarde, a widespread topographic name for someone living in a secure, protected location, from French beau (feminine belle) ‘beautiful’, ‘lovely’ + gard ‘shelter’, ‘refuge’. The name is frequent in New England.