Naming the Fishes

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406px-Daddy_Long_Legs_PosterJerusha is a Hebrew girl’s name that means “inheritance; possession (married).” In the Old Testament Jerusha is the wife of King Uzziah of Judah, daughter of Zadok and mother of Jotham. And although she is only mentioned once, the name has enjoyed some usage.

In 1882 (U.S) Jerusha was ranked at #902. This means she was only used 0.004% that year, a relatively small number but enough to be ranked in the top 1000. It has not appeared in the top 1000 ever since. However in the UK Jerusha stands at #3156 (7 babies born in 2010).

In English it is pronounced like jeh-ROO-sha, in Hebrew it is pronounced yeh-ROO-sha. Though if one wanted to use the latter pronunciation it might be easier to use the variant Yerusha.

Notable bearers include:

  • Jerusha Hess, writer
  • Jerusha Bromley, a character portryaed by Julie Andrews in “Hawaii” 1966
  • Jerusha Abbot, the central character in the nove; “Daddy Long Legs”  by Jean Webster






3 comments on “Jerusha

  1. S. L. Hennessy
    April 11, 2013

    That’s such an interesting name. I kind of want to write a character just to use it, it’s so unusual.

    Happy A to Z blogging!

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