What does Jonathan mean?
Jonathan /jo-nath-an/ [3 sylls.] as a boys' name is pronounced JAHN-a-thun. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Jonathan is "gift of God".
Related to Nathan. Biblical: the son of King Saul, Jonathan was noted for his manliness, generosity, and unselfishness. He saved David when Saul would have killed him. Author Jonathan Swift; actors Jon Voight, Jonathan Lipnicki.
How popular is Jonathan?
Jonathan is a very prominent first name for men (#55 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#40019 out of 150436, Top 27%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Jonathan for boys. Jonathan reached its top position of #17 in the U.S. in 1990, and is currently at #44. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)
Popular related forms of Jonathan (#44 last year) are Johnathan (#301 last year), Johnathon (#917), Jon (#675), Jonathon (#837), Jonnie, Nat, Nate, Nathan (#38) and Nathen. Adoption of these boy names reached its peak in the year 1990 (usage of 0.5241%) and is now much lower (usage 0.3188%, down 39.2%), with the forms Johnathon, Jon, Jonathon, Nat and Nathen becoming somewhat outmoded. Johnathan (#301), Jonathan (#44) and Nathan (#38) are three of the more chic names for newborns in this list, and there is also a revival in birth name usage for Jonathan and Nathan. Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Jonathan and related names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)