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What does Jonah mean?

Jonah [jon-ah] 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.

Associated with: peace, biblical, pioneer (leader).


Jonah has 2 variants: Jonas and Jonasco.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Jonia, Joynah, ..

(female) Jonnoah, Jonth, ..

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. Demographics)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Presented below is the baby name history 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 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jonah name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jonah outside U.S.

Shown below is a comparison of the statistics of the boy name Jonah and affiliated names. The only other prominent variation form of Jonah (#138 last year) listed in the Top 2000 is Jonas (#500 last year). Adoption of these relations of Jonah was widespread among parents in 2008 (median #205) and is almost as conventional today (#319, down 13%). Jonah is the most chic name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jonah, Jonas in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jonah, Jonas outside U.S.

Similar Names


Jonah is pronounced similarly to Janna, Jannai, Jano, Jeno, Jino, Johnie, Johnny, Jona, Jonnie, Jonny, Juneau and Junio. Other recommended names are Adnah, Janak, Janan, Jarah, Jerah, Joab, Joao, Joash, Johan, Johar, Jomahl, Jomal, Jomar, Jon, Jones, Jonn, Jontae, Jonte, Joram, Joran, Josh, Josiah, Jovan, Joziah, Judah and Noah. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jonah.