Meaning and name origin
Jona \j(o)-na\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Jona), is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jona is "God is gracious". Jona is a variant of John (Hebrew); biblical: the name of the longest-lived of the 12 apostles, who was especially loved by Christ.
Jona is not a popular first name for males and an equally uncommon surname or last name for all people (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jona and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are John (#26), Johnny (#299), Jonnie, Johnnie and Johnie. (2014 statistics).
Jona is also pronounced similarly to Janna, Jano, Jeno, Jino, Jonah▲ and Jonny. Other suggested similar baby names are Jan▼, Johan▲, Johnn, Jon▼, Jonas▲, Jonn and June▼. These names tend to be more commonly used than Jona.