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If I had twin girls, I would name them Jemima and Columba. Both names mean dove, a symbol of peace, in Hebrew and Latin,respectively.
A bearer of this name would certainly hear jokes regarding the syrup brand and, if black, certainly racist attitudes and comments. However, I do think this name has potential to become popular again and move beyond that history. The meaning is good and it has a good sound to it and, really, if Aunt Jemima syrup hadn't been at the center of a social and political debate I think it would even be a positive association.
I like it, It’s much, much, much better than Jemma, I think the ‘ie’ sound in the middle of it just makes it sound attractive.
Beautiful, sweet, warm name, but I can't get past the syrup connection. The Aunt Jemima US cultural reference doesn't bother me, but it might bother the child and there would certainly be other people in public who would be triggered by it and possibly say rude things to my child. Best left as a middle name in the US.
Gender: Feminine

Usages: Hungarian

Pronunciation: yeh-MEE-mah

Meaning: Cognate of YEMIMA, meaning "dove".

(Information from name #349972 originally submitted by user epresvanilia)
I love it! The history of it, plus it means dove. What ain't to love?
Gorgeous name, it really rolls off the tongue. Sounds sweet and bubbly, with plenty of nickname options.
I love the name Jemima. Probably won’t use it as for Aunt Jemima and Jemima Puddleduck.
I don't like it that much. Too many m's. I don't think of Aunt Jemima though.
Jemima Nicholas (1755–1832) was a Welsh woman who single-handedly captured 12 drunken French soldiers in the 1797 Battle of Fishguard, the "last invasion of Britain."
In the Bible, Jemima was one of Job's daughters. After Job suffered multiple personal tragedies, he had a reversal of his condition and became more prosperous than he was before. "So the Lord blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning." He and his wife had seven sons and three daughters. The daughters of Job were Jemima, Kezia, and Kerenhappuch. "And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren." Interestingly, while the names of Jemima and her sisters are recorded in the Bible, the brothers are left nameless.
Here is a haiku about this name:

Wait a second, what?
This would be embarrassing.
It's a syrup brand...
Very cute and bubbly. Jemima is a lovely name for your daughter: it has a nice meaning, and while it is ancient, it sounds refreshing in this day and age. It's not very common anymore.
Terrible. Makes me think of Aunt Jemima and it sounds super low class.
I love the meaning, but I don't think this name is pretty. Besides, the first thing I think of is Aunt Jemima.
I hate my name, the constant chanting "Jemima puddle duck, Jemima puddle duck, Jemima puddle duck".
Jemima Kirke is a British-born American artist and actress best known for her role as Jessa Johansson on the television series Girls. She made her feature-length debut in the independent film Tiny Furniture, as a favour for her childhood friend Lena Dunham, although her actual film debut was in the indie short film Smile for the Camera.
I love the name Jemima. It sounds elegant. After losing everything Job was blessed with three of the most beautiful daughters ever. Jemima was one of them. I too lost family and I would love to name my daughter this name that holds so much meaning for me. However, The racism and meanness in America is such that I won't be able to call my daughter Jemima, for her sake.
Jemima Rooper is an English actress. Born in Hammersmith, London, Rooper is the daughter of TV journalist Alison Rooper. She attended Redcliffe Primary School in Chelsea and the Godolphin and Latymer School. While working on The Famous Five, she passed eight GCSEs with A* and A grades. From there she went to MPW sixth form college where she got three A-grade A levels. Rooper bought her first home at the age of 19.
Personally, I love the sweetness and warmth of this name; there's something so lovely and classic about it. Unfortunately cultural associations have largely ruined it for me, especially in the US. If I remain in the UK, however, I could very well see myself considering it as a middle name.
This is the birth name of English actress Jemma Redgrave, best known for her role as Kate Stewart in "Doctor Who".
The name Jemima was given to 35 girls born in the US in 2015.
A very ugly name. Anyone with this name in the USA would be teased mercilessly, especially if they were black. Other black people would be all like "daaang... was your mama tryin' to say you're some kinda kitchen negro who cooks for massah?!?"
This name is very befitting an African-American woman.
This is such a unique, pretty, always-overlooked name! Jem or Mimi could be good nicknames.
I'm called Jemima and although I've never been teased because of it it's always embarrassing to tell people my full name. I usually stick to the nickname Mima (although this is childish) because I've grown up with it, even to the extent that most people don't know my full name. There aren't many nicknames for Jemima, Jem, Mima, and Jay(this is my favourite and is American). Sometimes it's also easier to shorten it to Jemma to be less embarrassing.
I love this name. It is so sweet and warm. It's a real classic and I'm surprised more girls aren't called Jemima.
Despite the strong syrup association... lol
Every Jemima\Jemimah I have met, have all been sweethearts.
A sweet, underused name that sounds lovely and IS lovely. =)
I may very well be wrong, but I was always told by my mother that the reason we have "Aunt Jemima" syrup in the U.S. is that Brits and those that colonized the early United States named their servants and slaves Christian names from their own tradition, such as Jemima. As such, I think it is a beautiful name for all that has contributed to its history. Also, my parents almost named me Jemima and I often wonder if they perhaps should have gone through with it. Beautiful, unique name!
One of the blonde twins from Catherine Jinks' "Evil Genius" is named Jemima and nicknamed Jem. Her sister is named Niobe and nicknamed Ni, so when they are introduced by their nicknames it sounds similar to Gemini. They seem to enjoy introducing themselves as Gemini, actually.
This is my best friends name and personally I LOVE it. I am from england where it isn't associated with Aunt Jemima or anything else. When I hear the name Jemima I think of the sweet innocnt girl from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. It is very unique and british and I think it is a brilliant name. My friend Jemima has never been teased or bullied about her name before and she is the only one I know - unique.
Does anyone else google name combinations of children that haven't been conceived yet? Today I googled Jemima Pearl thinking what a cute little baby she'd be. Turns out she's a punk singer- not a bad one though, kind of an early Go-Go's sound to her, but still. I can't name my pretend daughter that anymore. Sigh.
I don't like this name. It makes me think of Aunt Jemima.
I am all for out-of-the-spotlight names... But perhaps "Jemima" is out for good reason. It simply has a very classless feel and pronunciation. Not to mention the ever-so evident "Aunt Jemima Maple Syrup," which I am unable to free my mind of (it is not even true syrup-- ick). As always, I would much prefer this name over many others that parents have dubbed their poor children.
Jemima is a cute name, but reminds me of Jemima the doll from Playschool.
I wouldn't use this name, at all. It reminds me too much of maple syrup, the word "mime" is in it (mimes can be really, really creepy), and it's TOO old fashioned. A kid would be teased constantly if they had this one. A variation might work, like some of the ones listed above.
Myself being the only Jemimah I've ever known, I can say from these comments that I wish I had lived in Britain to have been dubbed with the upperclass mark or at least the association with Jemima Puddleduck. Having grown up in the States and constantly chastized about pancakes, my name became J, which later in my college and professional life I converted to Jae.
Pronounced: je-mee-ma in English.
Jemima Khan [born 1974] is an English socialite, daughter of Lady Annabel Vane-Tempest-Stewart and James Stewart.
This name is quite beautiful. I love the meaning, and it's not overused. However, I don't like the association with Aunt Jemima, which has pretty much ruined this gorgeous name in America.
The name Jemima reminds me of the puddleduck from Beatrix Potter's children's stories. I think it's an old-fashioned, but sweet, name.
I know four girls (born late 80s/early 90s) named Jemima and they all go almost exclusively by the nickname Jem. Younger children tend to say Mima or Mimey. I really like this name.
No. Just - no! It's a cute name, granted, but in the real world little Jemima will probably be teased mercilessly for having such a goofy, upper-class, old-fashioned name. Do you really want to lumber your child with the nickname "Jemima Puddleduck" for life?!
This name is hilariously horrible- it's so bad, it made me laugh out loud!
Pronounced "Ye-mee-ma".
Aside from the Aunt Jemima syrup there is Jemima Brown from The Eiger Sanction.
Despite being Biblical, this name is actually quite nice. I think the name Jemina, however, is a prettier version of this name, and it's actually a Finnish name (pronounced YE-mina), although not a very common one. The only Jemina I've heard of is the lead singer Jemina Pearl from the crappy teen band Be Your Own Pet, unfortunately enough. You could use that one if this one sounds too much like the Aunt Jemima character, which I, as a Finn born in the mid-80s, am unfamiliar with.
One too many m's. Feels like you're stuttering.
The daughter in "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang" is named Jemima.
I think this is a lovely name. I think of the girl in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang when I read this name, all sweet and innocent and charmingly British. And I really like the meaning, "dove," too.
I'm astounded nobody's mentioned Jemima Puddleduck, from the Beatrix Potter books.
Daniel Boone's daughter was named Jemima. Her capture by and rescue from Native Americans was the historical basis for James Fenimore Cooper's "The Last of the Mohicans". In the Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry, Pitt's daugter is named Jemima.
Jemima is a doll on the popular Australian toddler television show "Play School". She has friends Big Ted and Little Ted (among others).
I like this name, but Aunt Jemima kind of ruins it for me.
I just adore this name - it's perfect.
I think the first thing people think of is Aunt Jemima.
British actress Jemima Rooper bears the name.
I think it's a name that should be used only for cats. Doesn't it sound good as a name for a cat?
The only pronunciation of this name I have ever heard is je-MIME-a which I think is really pretty but also quite posh.
In Britain, Jemima is viewed as an upper class name.

Famous bearers are Jemima Khan (nee Goldsmith) and Jemima French (FrostFrench fashion).
Jemima was a character in the novel "Vanity Fair" by William Makepeace Thackeray.
There is Jeremy and Gimima in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang! HONK HONK - that was lame.
Aunt Jemima's maple syrup.
I think Jemima sounds lovely, but unfortunately it is occasionally used as a racial slur towards African-Americans. This is reason enough for me to put it on my "if only" list.
A character from Beatrix Potter is Jemima Puddle-duck.
Sarah Brightman (and in the video, Veerle Casteleyn) played the role of Jemima in Cats. This is a pretty name, but I don't like the pronunciation "je- MIE-ma"; it sounds too much like Aunt Jemima. I pronounce it "je-MEE-ma".
This is the name of a character in the musical Cats.

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