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Gender: M Meaning of Jonah: "dove" Origin of Jonah: Hebrew Jonah's Popularity in 2015: #143

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 143. 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.

Famous People Named Jonah

Jonah, Biblical prophet
Jonah Hill (Feldstein), American actor
Jonah Bobo, American actor
Jonah Tali Lomu, New Zealand rugby union player
Jonah Jacob Goldberg, American columnist and author
Jonah James Bayliss, American baseball player
Jonah Cardeli Falcon, American actor and TV personality
Robert Elliott "Jonah" Jones, American jazz trumpeter
Leonard "Jonah" Jones, Welsh sculptor
Jonah Keri, sportswriter/FiveThirtyEight contributor
Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole, prince of Hawaii, U.S. Congressional delegate
Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga, American singer-songwriter
Jonah Raskin, American author
Jonah Ray (Rodrigues), American actor and comedian
Jonah Nimoy, American musician, grandson of actor Leonard Nimoy
Jonah Cairns (b. 1999), son of musician Andy Cairns of Therapy?
Jonah Hwang (b. 2002), son 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 Maddox-Phillip 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

Pop Culture References for the name Jonah

Jonah Hex, DC Comics and movie character
Jonah aka John, character in "Cat's Cradle" (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut
Jonah Baldwin, son in movie "Sleepless in Seattle"
Jonah Takalua, character in Australian TV's "Summer Heights High" and "Jonah from Tonga"
Jonah Breeland, character on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
Jonah Ryan, character on TV's "Veep"
Jonah, character in British comic "The Beano" by Ken Reid
Jonah, character in Margaret Peterson Haddix's "Found"
Jonah Aickman, character in movie "The Haunting in Connecticut"
J. Jonah Jameson, character in the Spider-Man series
Jonah Kirby, character on British TV's "Waterloo Road"
"Jonah Who Will Be 25 in the Year 2000," 1975 Swiss movie
Jonah Simms, character on TV's "Superstore"
Jonah Jeremiah "JJ" Jones, character from British TV series "Skins"

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