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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 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).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Jonah for boys (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jonah name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Jonah and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Jonah and Jonas. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Jonah, Jonas in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Jonah is also pronounced similarly to Jona and Jonny. Other suggested similar baby names are Johan, Jon and Jonn. These names tend to be less commonly used than Jonah.


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