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What does Jonathan mean?

Jonathan Pronunciation of Jonathan [jonathan] 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.

Associated with: gift, biblical, king, generosity (gracious).


Jonathan has 4 variants: Johnathan, Johnathon, Jon and Jonathon.

1 more alternative form via Jon, Nathan: Jontae.

Creative forms:


Middle name pairings:
Jonathan Hayden (J.H.), ..

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. Demographics)

Jonathan reached its top position of #17 in the U.S. in 1990, and is currently at #48. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jonathan name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular related forms of Jonathan (#48 from recent data) are Johnathan (#309 from recent data), Johnathon (#1128), Jon (#737), Jonathon (#880) and Nathan (#38). Usage of these forms of Jonathan was well-received among parents during the years 1980-1989 (usage of 2.2%) and is now much lower (usage 0.9%, down 56.5%), with forms like Jonathan becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jonathan, Johnathan, Johnathon, Jon, Jonathon, Nathan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jonathan, Nathan outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Abrahan, Antwan, Athan, Cahan, Carnahan, Cathan, Conan, Dathan, Donatien, Donavan, Donnan, Dunstan, Eachan, Fintan, Fionntan, Gentian, Jachin, Jaelan, Jahan, Jantzen, Jaquan, Jaran, Jarman, Jarran, Jasha, Javan, Jaylan, Jeavan, Jenshian (see Gentian), Jentian, Joachim, Joaquin, Joash, Johan, Johanan, Johann, Johar, John, Johnn, Johnston, Johntay, Johon, Jomahl, Jona, Jonah, Jonas, Jonasco, Jonn, Jonson, Jontell (see Jonte), Jontez, Jordan, Jorian, Jotham, Jovan, Jovann, Justan, Kahan, Kentan (see Kenton), Kernaghan, Lathan, Mathian, Mochan, Monahan, Natan, Powhatan, Rohan, Shanahan, Sohan, Solaman, Strachan, Strahan, Wynstan, Yohannan and Zoltan. These names tend to be less frequently used than Jonathan.

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