Jonathan name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jonathan mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Jonathan

User Submitted Origins


User Submitted Meanings

  1. 6 submissions from all over the world agree the name Jonathan means "Gift of God" and is of Hebrew origin.
  2. 3 people from Algeria and the United States agree the name Jonathan is of American / English origin and means "Gift from God".
  3. According to 2 people from the United States and Tanzania, United Republic of, the name Jonathan is of English / Hebrew origin and means "Gods gift".
  4. A user from Louisiana, U.S. says the name Jonathan is of Hebrew origin and means "God's gracious gift".
  5. A submission from Nigeria says the name Jonathan means "Gods giving" and is of Jewish origin.
  6. A submission from Indonesia says the name Jonathan means "Son of god".
  7. According to a user from Israel, the name Jonathan is of Hebrew origin and means "Biblical origin. Means in Hebrew 'God gave'. Jonathan is the first born of king Saul".
  8. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Jonathan is of Hebrew origin and means "God has given".
  9. A user from Kenya says the name Jonathan is of African origin and means "Gift".
  10. A submission from Maryland, U.S. says the name Jonathan means "THE BEST PERSON ON THE EARTH".
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  1. Red late-ripening apple; primarily eaten raw

From Hebrew יְהוֹנָתָן‎ (yehonatán) (Jehonathan) and יוֹנָתָן‎ (yonatán) (Jonathan) means “Jehovah has given”, apparently with influence from the Aramaic preference for the latter form.

  1. A son of Saul, first mentioned in 1 Samuel.
  2. Jonathan Apphus, a son of Mattathias, brother of Joannan Caddis, Simon Thassi, Judas Maccabeus and Eleazar Avara.
  3. A male given name from Hebrew of biblical origin.
  4. An apple cultivar from New York.
  5. (dated, slang) An American; a Yank; Brother Jonathan.

Jonathan was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jonathan

Notable Persons Named Jonathan

Jonathan Lavine

Jonathan Lavine is a managing partner and chief investment officer of sankaty advisors. Jonathan was given the name Jonathan Scott Lavine on May 9th, 1966 in Providence, Rhode Island, US.

Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart is a political satire, news satire, observational comedy, physical comedy, ribaldry, insult comedy, and deadpan comedian. Jon was given the name Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28th, 1962 in New York, New York, U.S.

J. K. Simmons

J. K. Simmons is an actor and voice actor. He has been prominent since 1973. J. was given the name Jonathan Kimble Simmons on January 9th, 1955 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.

Jon Voight

Jon Voight is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to present. Jon was given the name Jonathan Vincent Voight on December 29th, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, U.S.

Jon Hamm

Jon Hamm is an actor, voice actor, director, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1996. Jon was given the name Jonathan Daniel Hamm on March 10th, 1971 in St. Louis.

Jonny Lee Miller

Jonny Lee Miller is an actor. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Jonny was given the name Jonathan Lee Miller on November 15th, 1972 in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jonathan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan is a 4th President of Nigeria, Vice President of Nigeria, Governor of Bayelsa, and List of Governors of Bayelsa State. Goodluck was born on November 20th, 1957 in Ogbia.

Wesley Jonathan

Wesley Jonathan is an actor. He was most prominent from 1990 to 1990. Wesley was given the name Wesley Jonathan Waples on October 18th, 1978 in Los Angeles.

Joyce Jonathan

Joyce Jonathan is a french pop music and folk music musician. She was most active from 2009 to present. Joyce was born on November 3rd, 1989 in Levallois-Perret.

Don Leo Jonathan

Don Leo Jonathan is a wrestler. Don was born on April 29th, 1931 in Hurricane, Utah.

Patience Jonathan

Patience was born on October 25th, 1957 in Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria.

Stan Jonathan

Stan Jonathan is a hockey player. His career lasted from 1975 to 1983. Stan was born on September 5th, 1955 in Ohsweken, Ontario.


Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jonathan U.S.
  White 41.95% 64.26%
  African American 15.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 16.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 9.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jonathan

People with the last name Jonathan are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Jonathan

  • What name lists does Jonathan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Jonathan? Jonathan is the 57th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Jonathan was the 64th most popular name. As a last name Jonathan was the 39,004th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jonathan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 848,785 babies born with the first name Jonathan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jonathan to occupy the country of Cyprus with an estimated population of 838,897 (as of October 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jonathan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 18 new born babies.
  • When was Jonathan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jonathan is Monday, September 26th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Jonathan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jonathan was in 1988 with a total of 24,347 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jonathan!
  • Random Jonathan Factoid: According to the 1969 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jonathan ranks 34th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, 291 babies in North Carolina have the same name in 1969.
  • Weird things about the name Jonathan: The name spelled backwards is Nahtanoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Oahtjnan. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jonathan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 565 people with the last name Jonathan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jonathan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jonathan as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!
  • Jonathan name meaning

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