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Gender: M Meaning of Jonathan: "gift of Jehovah" Origin of Jonathan: Hebrew Jonathan's Popularity in 2013: #42

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Jonathan is the Old Testament name that started to replace the stalwart John in the late fifties, sounding more playful, sensitive and modern. Now, after being high on the list for several decades, Jonathan has pretty much lost its luster.

In the Bible, Jonathan was the valiant eldest son of King Saul, and it was his loyal friendship with brother-in-law David that gave rise to the expression "Jonathan and David" to describe devoted, steadfast friends.

It has given rise to numerous spelling variations.

Famous People Named Jonathan

Jonathan "Jon" Hamm, American actor
Jonathan "Jon" Stewart, American comedian & satirical news anchor
Jonathan Winters, American comedian
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish actor
Jonathan Scott Frakes, American actor
Jonathan Safran Foer, American novelist
Jonathan Firth, English actor
Jonathan Swift, Irish writer
Herbert Jonathan Cape, English publisher
Jonathan Stark, American tennis player
Jonathan Marray, English tennis player
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor
Jonathan Coulton, American singer-songwriter
Jonathan Stewart, American football player
Jonathan Babineaux, American football player
Jonathan Horton, American gymnast
Jonathan Barnaby Moody, son of actor Ron Moody
Jonathan Kendrick "Johnny" Lewis, American actor
Jonathan Stephen Ross, English broadcaster
Jonathan Francis "Jon" Gries, American actor
Jonathan Stuart Osser, American actor
Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter, American actor
Jonathan Groff, American actor
Jonathan Papelbon, American baseball pitcher
Jonathan Stroud, English novelist
Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel, Canadian actor
Jonathan Gregory Brandis, American actor
Jonathan Howsmon Davis, lead singer of American band Korn
Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan, American actor
Jonathan Pryce, Welsh actor
Jonathan Lethem, American novelist
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, Nigerian politician

Pop Culture References for the Name Jonathan

Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Wayland Morgenstern Lightwood Herondale, character in the Mortal Instruments series
Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern, character in the Mortal Instruments series
Jonathan Harker, character in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Jonathan of Conte, a character in the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce
Jonathan Kent, adoptive father/foster father of Superman
Jonathan 'JB' Gill, member of boyband JLS
Jonathan Cleaned Up, Then He Heard A Sound (or Blackberry Subway Jam), a picture book by Robert Munsch
Jonathan "Jono" Van Helsing, character on TV's "Young Dracula"
"Jonathan," song by Fiona Apple
Dr. Jonathan Ohnn aka Spot, villain in Marvel Comics
Jonathan "John" Gilbert, character in The Vampire Diaries series
Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow, villain in the Batman series
Jonathan "Than," character in YouTube show The Most Popular Girls in School
"Jonathan Livingston Seagull," novel by Richard Bach
Jonathan, Jack Donaghy's assistant on the American TV series "30 Rock"
Jonathan Archer, captain in TV's "Star Trek: Enterprise"

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