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What does Jonah mean?

Jonah \j(o)-nah\ 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.


Variations

Jonah has 2 variants: Jonas and Jonasco.


Popularity

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 (#83261 out of 88799, Top 94%). (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)

Top 1000 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 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 this boy name was at its highest in the year 2008 and is now significantly lower. 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)

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

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