Jonah, the name of the Old Testament prophet who was swallowed by the whale, only to emerge unharmed three days later, is increasingly appreciated by parents looking for a biblical name less common than Jacob or Joshua, yet not too obscure--it's now at Number 131. Plus, Jonah comes with a ready-made nursery-decorating motif.
The appealing Jonah has been featured in such movies as "Sleepless in Seattle" and "Knocked Up," and is currently represented by actor/writer Jonah Hill.
Jonas is the Greek version.
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