Meaning and Name Origin
Jonathan \j(o)-na-than\ 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.
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 (#25485 out of 88799, Top 29%). (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)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Jonathan and related names. 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 and is now much lower, 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, with Jonathan and Nathan going through a revival in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Statistics, 2014)