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 any of the places so called, as for example Litton Cheney in Dorset (named from Old English hlȳde ‘torrent’ (from hlūd ‘loud’, ‘roaring’) + tūn ‘enclosure’, ‘settlement’), or Litton in Somerset (from Old English hlid ‘slope’ or ‘gate’ + tūn), Derbyshire and North Yorkshire (both probably from Old English hlīð ‘slope’ + tūn).