What does Jonah mean?
Jonah /jon-ah/ [2 sylls.] as a boys' 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.
How popular is Jonah?
Jonah is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#980 out of 1220, Top 80%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#80502 out of 150436, Top 54%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the baby name popularity of Jonah for boys. Jonah reached its highest rank of #128 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #138 presently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jonah and affiliated names. The only other prominent variation form of Jonah (#138 last year) listed in the Top 1000 is Jonas (#500 last year). Adoption of these boy names was at its highest in 2008 (usage of 0.795%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.681%, down 14.3%). Jonah (#138) and Jonas (#500) are two of the more chic names for newborns here, and there is a rebound in birth name usage for both names. (2014 Birth Statistics)