- A female given name.
- He had also seven sons and three daughters. And he called the name of the first, Jemima; and the name of the second, Kezia; and the name of the third, 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.
- 1853 Elizabeth Gaskell, Ruth, Chapter XVII:
- -- and at last Jemima was fixed upon, because it would do either for a Scripture name or for a heroine out of a book."
- "I did not know Jemima was a Scripture name," said Ruth.
- "Oh yes, it is. One of Job's daughters; Jemima, Kezia, and Keren-Happuch. There are a good many Jemimas in the world, and some Kezias, but I never heard of a Keren-Happuch; and yet we know just as much of one as of another. People really like a pretty name, whether Scripture or out of it."
- 2005 Zadie Smith, On Beauty, Penguin (2006), ISBN 9780141026664, page 51:
- But then, thought Kiki, they were brought up that way, these white American boys: I'm the Aunt Jemima on the cookie boxes of their childhoods, the pair of thick ankles Tom and Jerry played around. Of course they find me funny.
- Jemima has largely fallen out of use in North America due to the association with advertising character Aunt Jemima, interpreted as a racial stereotype of African-Americans.
Jemima (plural Jemimas)
- A female given name
- son of Jemima: Jemimuson
- daughter of Jemima: Jemimudóttir