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).
English: habitational name from a place in West Yorkshire called Bland, the origin of which is uncertain. Possibly it is from Old English (ge)bland ‘storm’, ‘commotion’ (from blandan ‘to blend or mingle’), with reference to its exposed situation. The modern English adjective bland did not come into English (from Latin) until the 15th century, and is therefore unlikely to have given rise to surnames.