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Jonah meaning and name origin
Jonah \j(o)-nah\ as a boy's name is pronounced JOE-nah. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jonah is "dove". Also means "peace" as the dove is a symbol of peace. Biblical: because Jonah was on board a ship when God caused it to sink, sailors have traditionally used the name to personify someone who brings bad luck. Medical pioneer Jonas Salk.
Jonah has 2 variant forms: Jonas and Jonasco.
Jonah is also pronounced similarly to Jona and Jonny. Other suggested similar baby names are Johan, Jon and Jonn.
Popularity of Jonah
Jonah is a somewhat popular first name for males (#980 out of 1220) and also a somewhat popular surname or last name for all people (#83261 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
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