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: from Old French du pin ‘from the pine’ (from Latin pinus), hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a prominent pine tree, or a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named Le Pin (‘the pine’).