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Gender: Male Meaning of Jonas: "dove" Origin of Jonas: Greek variation of Jonah Jonas's Popularity in 2017: #446

The name Jonas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "dove". Jonas is ranked #446 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "What would you name a sibling to...?".

From the experts:

Jonas has a slightly more grandfatherly image than the English version of his name, but that only adds to its retro appeal. And though it may lag behind Jonah in this country, Jonas is riding a huge wave of popularity in Europe, where it ranks highly in Germany, Switzerland, Austria and Norway.

Over time, it has been associated with Dr. Jonas Salk, developer of the anti-polio vaccine, and tween fave group the Jonas Brothers. Charles Dickens used the name for a character in Martin Chuzzlewit.

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Famous People Named Jonas

Jonas Edward Salk, American physician who developed the polio vaccine
Jonas Lars Bjorkman, Swedish tennis player
Jonas Sjöstedt, Swedish politician
Jonas Gray, American NFL football player
Jonas Mouton, American football player
Jonas D. Jennings, American football player
Jonas Valanciunas, Lithuanian basketball player for Toronto Raptors
Jonas Kendall, former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
Jonas Sibley, former U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
(William) Jonas Armstrong, English actor
Jonas Gahr Store, Norwegian politician
Jonás Cuarón, Mexican film director; son of director Alfonso Cuarón
Jonas Jonathan van den Eeden (b. 2004), son of Dutch singer Trijntje Oosterhuis and Sander van den Eeden
Jonas Rocket DeLonge (b. 2006), son of singer Tom DeLonge of Blink-182
Jonas Villeneuve (b. 2007), son of racing driver Jacques Villeneuve
Jonas Jackson (b. 2015), son of rapper Fabolous
The Jonas Brothers, American band consisting of Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas
Jonas Blue, English DJ

Pop Culture References for the name Jonas

Jonas Grumby, aka The Skipper, character on TV's "Gilligan's Island"
Jonas Taylor, character in "The Meg"
Jonas, main character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
Jonas Miller, character in movie "Twister"
Jonas Quinn, character on TV's "Stargate SG-1"
"Jonas," novel by Jens Bjørneboe and its main character
Jonas, from the Book of Mormon
"My Name Is Jonas," song by Weezer
Jonas Hunter, character on TV's "Legends of Tomorrow"
Jonas, character in G. A. Henty's, For the Temple
Jonas Noah Vasquez, character on Norwegian TV series "Skam"
Jonas Maliki, character from "Sense8"
Jonas Wilkerson, character from "Gone with the Wind"
Jonas Kahnwald, character from "Dark"
Jonas, one of the main four characters from the series Platoon of Power Squadron

Jonukas, Joonas, Jonaus, Jonah, Jonass, Jonaso, Jonelis, Jonus, Jonahs, Jonutis


NameObsession Says:


Jonas is the name of a very dear friend of mine, I've grown to love it because of him. He's the only Jonas I've ever met.

JustNorthofDreams Says:


I really like this name for a boy. I personally prefer this over "Jonah"

SoDallas3 Says:


Seriously considering this name. I have a German heritage and it's widely used there. SO's grandfather was Joseph, SO's name is Jonathon, my grandfather's name is John and that's my brother's middle name. So it just feels so greatly unexpected yet meaningful.

KC Says:


You really should read the book. Never judge a book by its movie. :)

headintheclouds Says:


I like the sound of Jonas, though I prefer Jonah a bit more. I first associated this name with the protagonist in The Giver, then Jonas Salk when I read about him (he'd make a great namesake), and The Jonas Brothers when they became big.

SimoneKadele Says:


I actually thought the movie was all right. And it's the book that's famous, anyway.

KathrynElaine Says:


I love this name. It has a stately feel, while still being familiar and friendly. I think the "s" on the end gives a little more refinement and adds a classic Greek feel to Jonah. But I love Jonah too.

Paige_Mackenzie Says:


I loved this name when I was younger, but the Jonas Brothers kind of ruined it for me...

Guest Says:


I never read The Giver and the movie looked boring. My Name is Jonas by Weezer is what made me love this song but then I remember I was obsessed with the Jonas Brothers when I was a preteen so that's kinda awkward when naming a baby. I'll stick with the lovely name Jonah.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I thought that movie was alright, but I was never a fan of the name Jonas

clairels Says:


"The Giver" flopped, so this name is safe for another day.