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Gender: Male Meaning of Jonah: "dove" Origin of Jonah: Hebrew Jonah's Popularity in 2017: #155

The name Jonah is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "dove". Jonah is ranked #155 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Baby a Day".

From the experts:

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.

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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 Marais, American Musical Artist, part of Why Don't We boyband
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, son of musician Andy Cairns of Therapy?
Jonah Hwang, 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 Woodson Hex, character in DC Universe
Jonah, character in "Cat's Cradle" (1963) by Kurt Vonnegut
Jonah Baldwin, son in movie "Sleepless in Seattle"
Jonah Takalua, character in "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 Skidmore, main character in Margaret Peterson Haddix's "The Missing” series
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"
Jonah Beck, character on the Disney Channel show "Andi Mack"
Jonah, side kick in new Tomb Raider games
Jonah Griggs, character in YA novel "On the Jellicoe Road" by Melina Marchetta
Jonah Bishop, a character from the Nickelodeon cartoon "Welcome To The Wayne"

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Ruanne Says:


I guess I attended enough vacation Bible school. I always think of the guy who got swallowed by a whale and spit out in Nineveh.

Daiseymae Says:


I only think of the actor Jonah Hill.

ambercat Says:


Jonah, the son of Lucianne [Goldberg] -- for some reason, this is the association I have with the name. I guess if someone stuck it on their kid, he could go by Jon or something like that.

Annie Says:


I don't like this name, nor do I dislike it. It's a fine name, to me.