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pinWhat 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.


Jonah has 2 variants: Jonas and Jonasco.

Kreatif forms: Janah, Jaynah, Jenah. [more]

pinHow 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)

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 2 years ago) listed in the Top 1000 is Jonas (#500 2 years ago). Adoption of these relations of Jonah was widespread among parents in 2008 (average #205) and is somewhat less today (#319, down 14.3%). Jonah has been the most recognizable form, although Jonas appears to be gaining favor too. (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.

pinSimilar 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.