"gift of Jehovah"

Jonathan Origin and Meaning

The name Jonathan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of Jehovah".

Jonathan was derived from the Hebrew name Yehonatan, eventually contracted to the modern Yonatan, meaning "gift of Jehovah." It comes from the elements yeho, in reference to God, and natan, meaning "to give." In the Old Testament, Jonathan was the valiant eldest son of King Saul, and it was his friendship with brother-in-law David that gave rise to the expression "Jonathan and David" to describe devoted, steadfast friends.

Jonathan is the biblical 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.

Anne Hathaway named her oldest son Jonathan Rosebanks in 2016.

Jonathan has spawned numerous spelling variations, including Johnathan, Jonathon, and Jonothan.

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Famous People Named Jonathan

  • Jonathanvaliant man under King David, son of Shage (1 Chr. 11:34)
  • Jonathanson of Abiathar, a priest in King David's reign (2 Samuel 17:27)
  • Jonathanfather of Ebed, who returned to Israel with Ezra (Ezra 8:6)
  • Jonathanson of Asahel; mentioned in Ezra 10:15
  • Jonathan SwiftIrish novelist
  • Jonathan Daniel "Jon" HammAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Stuart Leibowitzbirth name of Jon Stewart, American comedian and TV host
  • Jonathan Harshman WintersAmerican comedian
  • Jonathan Rhys MeyersIrish actor
  • (Robert) Jonathan DemmeAmerican film director
  • Jonathan Scott FrakesAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Safran FoerAmerican novelist
  • Jonathan FirthEnglish actor
  • (Herbert) Jonathan CapeEnglish publisher
  • Jonathan StarkAmerican tennis player
  • Jonathan "Jonny" MarrayEnglish tennis player
  • Jonathan Taylor ThomasAmerican actor
  • Jonathan CoultonAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Jonathan StewartAmerican football player
  • Jonathan Joel BabineauxAmerican football player
  • Jonathan Alan HortonAmerican gymnast
  • Jonathan Barnaby Moodyson of actor Ron Moody
  • Jonathan Kendrick "Johnny" LewisAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Stephen RossEnglish TV presenter
  • Jonathan Francis "Jon" GriesAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Stuart OsserAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Southworth "John" RitterAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Drew GroffAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Robert PapelbonAmerican baseball pitcher
  • Jonathan Anthony StroudEnglish novelist
  • Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" BaruchelCanadian actor
  • Jonathan Gregory BrandisAmerican actor
  • Kenneth George "Jonathan" KingEnglish singer and producer
  • Jonathan Howsmon Davislead singer of American band Korn
  • Jonathan Smith aka Lil JonAmerican rapper
  • Jonathan Luke Ke Huy QuanAmerican actor
  • Jonathan Pryce (born John Price)Welsh actor
  • Jonathan Allen LethemAmerican novelist
  • Jonathan StaffordAmerican ballet dancer
  • Jonathan Philip AgnewEnglish cricketer and broadcaster
  • Jonathan OdellAmerican poet
  • Jonathan Lewis Sewardbirth name of Johnny Christ, bassist of American metal band Avenged Sevenfold
  • Jonathan Benjamin "JB" Gillpop singer of English group JLS
  • Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe JonathanNigerian politician
  • Jonathan Brian ToewsCanadian hockey player
  • Jonathan Patrick JolyIrish vlogger
  • Jonathan ChebanAmerican TV personality
  • Jonathan CrombieCanadian actor (Gilbert Blythe on "Anne of Green Gables")
  • Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman (b. 2016)son of American actress Anne Hathaway
  • Jonathan Van Nessgrooming expert on Netflix's Queer Eye
  • J.K. Simmons (Jonathan Kimble Simmons) (b. 1955) American actor
  • Jonathan "Jonny" Simswriter and performer on "The Magnus Archives", used to perform with "The Mechanisms"
  • Jonathan "JD" DavissAmerican actor

Jonathan in Pop Culture

  • Jonathan Alexander (Xander) Emersonmain male character in Scarlett Avery’s book “Delectably British”.
  • Jonathan Byerscharacter in "Stranger Things"
  • Jonathanmythical creature in short story "Out There" by author Justine Avery
  • Jonathan "Johnny" DiMarcocharacter on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
  • Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Herondalecharacter in the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare
  • Jonathancharacter in flash fiction collection "Teasers & Pleasers: Short,Short Stories to Tickle Your Fancy in All the Right Places" by author Liam Holt
  • Jonathan Christopher Morgensterncharacter in the Mortal Instruments series
  • Jonathan Harkercharacter in Bram Stoker's Dracula
  • Jonathan of Contea character in the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce
  • Jonathan Kentadoptive father of Superman
  • Jonathan "Jon" Kentson of Superman
  • Jonathan "Johnny" Stormcharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Jonathan Pangborncharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Dr. Jonathan Ohnn aka Spotcharacter in Marvel Universe
  • "Jonathan Cleaned UpThen He Heard A Sound" (or Blackberry Subway Jam), children's book by Robert Munsch
  • Jonathan "Jono" Van Helsingcharacter on TV's "Young Dracula"
  • Jonathan Echaracter in 1975 movie "Rollerball'
  • Jonathan "John" Gilbertcharacter in The Vampire Diaries series
  • Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrowvillain in the Batman series
  • Jonathan "Than" Getslinhaumercharacter in YouTube series, "The Most Popular Girls in School", who is conflicted about his sexuality
  • "Jonathan Livingston Seagull" novel by Richard Bach
  • Jonathanassistant on TV's "30 Rock"
  • Jonathan Archercaptain on TV's "Star Trek: Enterprise"
  • Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neillcharacter on TV's "Stargate SG,1"
  • Jonathan Levinsoncharacter on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
  • "Jonathan" song by Fiona Apple
  • Jonathan Phaedrusaka "Prof," character in The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
  • Jonathan Strangetitular character in Susanna Clarke's novel "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell"
  • Jonathan Joestaraka "JoJo," character in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
  • Jonathan "Johnny Stein" character in the movie Hotel Transylvania
  • Jonathan Creektitular character on BBC's Jonathan Creek
  • Jonathan Smithmain character in TV series "Highway to Heaven"
  • Jonathan "John" Murphycharacter in "The 100"
  • Jonathan Q "Jon" ArbuckleCharacter in the Garfield comic strip by Jim Davis,
  • Jonathan Turnerunconventional English teacher on TV show "Boy Meets World"
  • Jonathan Simshead archivist of the Magnus Institute, London on "The Magnus Archives"