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.
(male) Jonia, Joynah, ..
(female) Jonne, Jonrah, .. Middle name pairings:
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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)
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 #143 presently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Shown below is a study of the statistics of the boy name Jonah and affiliated names. The only other prominent variation form of Jonah (#143 last year) listed in the Top 2000 is Jonas (#429 last year). Adoption of these relations of Jonah was widespread among parents in 2008 (median #205) and has remained as conventional to this day (#286, down 9%). Jonah is the most chic name for newborns here.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.