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This name is pronounced yeh-dee-dyah in Hebrew.
-- Miss Claire  12/5/2004
'Friend of god' would be a more accurate translation.
-- tregetour  3/11/2005
Jedidiah Smith was a famous pioneering mountain man in the United States' early history.
-- breakofday  12/9/2005
The famous American hunter, trapper, fur trader, trailblazer, author, cartographer and explorer spelled his name Jedediah Smith, not Jedidiah.
-- essie  8/22/2014
This is merely my own opinion -- Jedidiah (or Jed) gives me the distinct impression of a gentle country-bumpkin (and, somehow, he is always an older person in my mind). No offense intended; it is only an impression -- a very strong impression that I can't seem to shake.
-- Anonymous User  2/17/2006
This is a great name for a boy. The nickname Jed is cool. I also like the meaning of this name.
-- Anonymous User  9/25/2006
I have a nephew named Jedidiah who is 27. I call him Jeddo, but that is just an term of endearment from a loving aunt. Jedidiah was a name of endearment given to the infant King Solomon by the prophet Nathan, and my nephew's middle name happens to be Nathan.
-- Anonymous User  12/31/2006
From the Hebrew Ye-di-diah.
-- Anonymous User  9/15/2007
Originating from the same Hebrew root word as the name David.
-- rogerelisabeth  9/15/2007
I hate this über-biblical name. I hate the short form Jed as well. The name sounds like an old man's name. I loathe all names ending in -iah, except maybe Mariah, as they sound so annoyingly religious.
-- slight night shiver  4/24/2008
I absolutely LOVE this name. I hate however the nickname 'Jed.'
-- Fluffy_Thewerewolf.  6/30/2008
I hate this name. It sounds too ultra-religious. It makes me think of fundamentalist Christians who believe in the whole Bible literally.
-- bananarama  2/26/2010
This is the name of the tenth Duggar child.
-- estherndodd  1/5/2012
In Citizen Kane (Orson Welles), Jedidiah Leland (played by Joseph Cotten) is Kane's best friend.
-- Anonymous User  2/5/2012
This is a wonderful name that will age beautifully! Jed is a cool nickname, the meaning is great and it's not a commonly used Biblical name. Love it!
-- LV51sfan91  4/11/2015
Sounds like the name of a racist, homophobic, Bible-thumping redneck from the American South. It doesn't help that those disturbing Duggars used it on one of their rugrats.
-- Acajou  8/19/2015
Absolutely love this name. Hoping for another boy to use this name for. Noah Jedidiah, love biblical names. Beloved of God how much more perfect can you get!
-- Mrs.Willams2011  10/14/2015
The name Jedidiah was given to 319 boys born in the US in 2016.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2017

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