What does Jonathan mean?
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.
1 more alternative form via Jon, Nathan: Jontae.Creative forms:
(male) Janathan, Jannathan, ..
(female) Jonathna, Jonathnia, .. 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)
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.
Similar NamesSuggested 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.See names in meaning and etymology.