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What does Jonah mean?

Jonah Pronunciation of Jonah 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.


ASSOCIATED WITH peace, biblical, pioneer (leader)


VARIANTS Jonas, Jonasco

(male) Jonia, ..

(female) Jonne, ..

Jonah Micheal (J.M.), ..

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)

Jonah reached its highest rank of #128 in the U.S. in the year 2012, and is at #145 presently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

The only other prominent variation form of Jonah (#145 LAST YEAR) listed in the Top 2000 is Jonas (#437). Adoption of these relations of Jonah was widespread among parents in 2008 (MEDIAN #205) and has remained as conventional to this day (#291, DOWN 9%). Jonah is the most chic name for newborns here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Jonah, Jonas in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Jonah, Jonas outside U.S.

Similar Names

Jonah is pronounced similarly to Janna, Jannai, Jano, Jeno, Jino, Johnie, Johnny, Jona, Jonnie, Jonny, Juneau and Junio. Other recommended sound-alike 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.

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