Jonah Origin and Meaning

The name Jonah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dove".

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. 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 and Yona is a female spin.

# 124 in the US

Jonah Rank in US Top 1000

# 104 on Nameberry

Jonah Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Jonah Popularity

Famous People Named Jonah

  • JonahBiblical prophet
  • Jonah Hill (Feldstein)American actor
  • Jonah BoboAmerican actor
  • Jonah Tali LomuNew Zealand rugby union player
  • Jonah MaraisAmerican Musical Artist, part of Why Don't We boyband
  • Jonah Jacob GoldbergAmerican columnist and author
  • Jonah James BaylissAmerican baseball player
  • Jonah Cardeli FalconAmerican actor and TV personality
  • Robert Elliott "Jonah" JonesAmerican jazz trumpeter
  • Leonard "Jonah" JonesWelsh sculptor
  • Jonah Kerisportswriter/FiveThirtyEight contributor
  • Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'oleprince of Hawaii, U.S. Congressional delegate
  • Jonah Rzadzinski MatrangaAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Jonah RaskinAmerican author
  • Jonah Ray (Rodrigues)American actor and comedian
  • Jonah NimoyAmerican musician, grandson of actor Leonard Nimoy
  • Jonah Cairnsson of musician Andy Cairns of Therapy?
  • Jonah Hwangson of actress Jennifer Lien and filmmaker Phil Hwang
  • Jonah (b. 2004)son of supermodel Tatjana Patitz
  • Jonah Bucatinsky (b. 2008)son of actor Dan Bucatinsky and screenwriter Don Roos
  • Jonah Frank King (b. 2011)son of journalists Dana Bash and John King
  • Jonah Buckland (b. 2011)son of guitarist Jonny Buckland of Coldplay
  • Jonah MaddoxPhillip Bryant (b. 2012), son of singer Lil' Mo and Phillip Bryant
  • Jonah Christopher Deffenbaugh (b. 2012)son of singer Jo Dee Messina and Chris Deffenbaugh
  • Jonah Josiah Rivera (b. 2015)son of singers Jaclyn Victor and Shawn Rivera

Jonah in Pop Culture

  • Jonah Woodson Hexcharacter in DC Universe
  • Jonahcharacter in "Cat's Cradle" (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Jonah Baldwinson in movie "Sleepless in Seattle"
  • Jonah Takaluacharacter in "Summer Heights High" and "Jonah from Tonga"
  • Jonah Breelandcharacter on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
  • Jonah Ryancharacter on TV's "Veep"
  • Jonahcharacter in British comic "The Beano" by Ken Reid
  • Jonah Skidmoremain character in Margaret Peterson Haddix's "The Missing” series
  • Jonah Aickmancharacter in movie "The Haunting in Connecticut"
  • J. Jonah Jamesoncharacter in the Spider,Man series
  • Jonah Kirbycharacter on British TV's "Waterloo Road"
  • "Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000" 1975 Swiss movie
  • Jonah Simmscharacter on TV's "Superstore"
  • Jonah Jeremiah "JJ" Jonescharacter from British TV series "Skins"
  • Jonah Beckcharacter on the Disney Channel show "Andi Mack"
  • Jonahside kick in new Tomb Raider games
  • Jonah Griggscharacter in YA novel "On the Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta
  • Jonah Bishopa character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome To The Wayne"