Gender: Male Meaning of Jonas: "dove" Origin of Jonas: Greek variation of Jonah Jonas's Popularity in 2019: #453

Jonas Origin and Meaning

The name Jonas is a boy's name of Greek origin meaning "dove".

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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Rank in US: #453

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Pop Culture References for the name Jonas

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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.