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Gender: M Meaning of Jonas: "dove" Origin of Jonas: Greek variation of Jonah Jonas's Popularity in 2013: #488

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Jonas has a slightly more grandfatherly image than the English version of his name, but that only adds to its retro appeal. And though it may lag behind Jonah in this country, Jonas is riding a huge wave of popularity in Europe, where it ranks highly in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Norway--where it was the top name for several recent years.

Over time, it has been associated with Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the anti-polio vaccine and tween fave group the Jonas Brothers. Charles Dickens used the name for a character in Martin Chuzzlewit.

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Famous People Named Jonas

Jonas Gray, American football player
Jonas Mouton, American football player
Jonas Jennings, American football player
Jonas Armstrong, English actor
Jonas Salk, American physician and researcher (known for the development of the first polio vaccine)
Kevin Jonas, musician, reality TV star
Nick Jonas, musician, actor
Joe Jonas, musician
Jonas Gahr Støre, Norwegian politician

Pop Culture References for the Name Jonas

Jonas Grumby, Skipper's real name on Gilligan's Island
My Name Is Jonas, Weezer
Jonas, the protagonist from the novel The Giver
Jonas Brothers (Kevin, Joe, Nick, and Frankie), American band
Jonas Miller, from the movie "Twister"
Jonas Quinn, character on Stargate SG-1

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