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Gender: Male Meaning of Jonathan: "gift of Jehovah" Origin of Jonathan: Hebrew Jonathan's Popularity in 2017: #55

The name Jonathan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of Jehovah". Jonathan is ranked #55 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Bible Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia".

From the experts:

Jonathan is the Old Testament 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.

In the Bible, Jonathan was the valiant eldest son of King Saul, and it was his loyal friendship with brother-in-law David that gave rise to the expression "Jonathan and David" to describe devoted, steadfast friends.

It has spawned numerous spelling variations.

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Famous People Named Jonathan

Jonathan, valiant man under King David, son of Shage (1 Chr. 11:34)
Jonathan, son of Abiathar, a priest in King David's reign (2 Samuel 17:27)
Jonathan, father of Ebed, who returned to Israel with Ezra (Ezra 8:6)
Jonathan, son of Asahel; mentioned in Ezra 10:15
Jonathan Swift, Irish novelist
Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm, American actor
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, birth name of Jon Stewart, American comedian and TV host
Jonathan Harshman Winters, American comedian
Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Irish actor
(Robert) Jonathan Demme, American film director
Jonathan Scott Frakes, American actor
Jonathan Safran Foer, American novelist
Jonathan Firth, English actor
(Herbert) Jonathan Cape, English publisher
Jonathan Stark, American tennis player
Jonathan "Jonny" Marray, English tennis player
Jonathan Taylor Thomas, American actor
Jonathan Coulton, American singer-songwriter
Jonathan Stewart, American football player
Jonathan Joel Babineaux, American football player
Jonathan Alan Horton, American gymnast
Jonathan Barnaby Moody, son of actor Ron Moody
Jonathan Kendrick "Johnny" Lewis, American actor
Jonathan Stephen Ross, English TV presenter
Jonathan Francis "Jon" Gries, American actor
Jonathan Stuart Osser, American actor
Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter, American actor
Jonathan Drew Groff, American actor
Jonathan Robert Papelbon, American baseball pitcher
Jonathan Anthony Stroud, English novelist
Jonathan Adam Saunders "Jay" Baruchel, Canadian actor
Jonathan Gregory Brandis, American actor
Kenneth George "Jonathan" King, English singer and producer
Jonathan Howsmon Davis, lead singer of American band Korn
Jonathan Smith aka Lil Jon, American rapper
Jonathan Luke Ke Huy Quan, American actor
Jonathan Pryce (born John Price), Welsh actor
Jonathan Allen Lethem, American novelist
Jonathan Stafford, American ballet dancer
Jonathan Philip Agnew, English cricketer and broadcaster
Jonathan Odell, American poet
Jonathan Lewis Seward, birth name of Johnny Christ, bassist of American metal band Avenged Sevenfold
Jonathan Benjamin "JB" Gill, pop singer of English group JLS
Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe Jonathan, Nigerian politician
Jonathan Brian Toews, Canadian hockey player
Jonathan Patrick Joly, Irish vlogger
Jonathan Cheban, American TV personality
Jonathan Crombie, Canadian actor (Gilbert Blythe on "Anne of Green Gables")
Jonathan Rosebanks Shulman (b. 2016), son of American actress Anne Hathaway
Jonathan Van Ness, grooming expert on Netflix's Queer Eye

Pop Culture References for the name Jonathan

Jonathan, mythical creature in short story "Out There" by author Justine Avery
Jonathan "Johnny" DiMarco, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Jonathan Christopher "Jace" Wayland Morgenstern Lightwood Herondale, character in the Mortal Instruments series
Jonathan, character in flash fiction collection "Teasers & Pleasers: Short-Short Stories to Tickle Your Fancy in All the Right Places" by author Liam Holt
Jonathan Christopher Morgenstern, character in the Mortal Instruments series
Jonathan Harker, character in Bram Stoker's Dracula
Jonathan of Conte, a character in the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce
Jonathan Kent, adoptive father of Superman
Jonathan "Jon" Kent, son of Superman
Jonathan "Johnny" Storm, character in Marvel Universe
Jonathan Pangborn, character in Marvel Universe
Dr. Jonathan Ohnn aka Spot, character in Marvel Universe
"Jonathan Cleaned Up, Then He Heard A Sound" (or Blackberry Subway Jam), children's book by Robert Munsch
Jonathan "Jono" Van Helsing, character on TV's "Young Dracula"
Jonathan E, character in 1975 movie "Rollerball'
Jonathan "John" Gilbert, character in The Vampire Diaries series
Jonathan Crane aka The Scarecrow, villain in the Batman series
Jonathan "Than" Getslinhaumer, character in YouTube series, "The Most Popular Girls in School", who is conflicted about his sexuality
"Jonathan Livingston Seagull," novel by Richard Bach
Jonathan, assistant on TV's "30 Rock"
Jonathan Archer, captain on TV's "Star Trek: Enterprise"
Jonathan J. "Jack" O'Neill, character on TV's "Stargate SG-1"
Jonathan Levinson, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
"Jonathan," song by Fiona Apple
Jonathan Phaedrus, aka "Prof," character in The Reckoners Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson
Jonathan Strange, titular character in Susanna Clarke's novel "Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell"
Jonathan Joestar, aka "JoJo," character in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
Jonathan "Johnny Stein," character in the movie Hotel Transylvania
Jonathan Creek, titular character on BBC's Jonathan Creek
Jonathan Smith, main character in TV series "Highway to Heaven"
Jonathan "John" Murphy, character in "The 100"
Jonathan Byers, character in "Stranger Things"


softboiledeggs Says:


Strong and sophisticated. One of my all time favourites. I knew a boy named Jonathan in school, he has a twin called Joshua. Jonathan and Joshua are a lovely combination for twin boys.

NameLover 11 Says:


Brother's name.........nothing more to say. It's ok I guess. I hear it ALL the time. LOL

headintheclouds Says:


I've always thought of Jonathan in the same category as Christopher and Michael, classic names but very young-skewing, classmates to Jessica, Ashley, Brittany (the girl names are much more trendy, per usual). Jonathan is my favorite of the ones I've mentioned, because IMO it's very grounded and personable, with Jon and Nathan as very appealing nicknames, and Jonathan in its full form sounding friendly boy-next-door but also distinguished.

maddiepie Says:


Jonathan is such a strong name. I can see why it's so popular.

cabosanmucus Says:


I'm just glad she gave her son a handsome classic and not some Maverick Rocket Xenon type.

AriellaBar Says:


Solid and handsome. I wonder if it's going to get more popular with Anne Hathaway using it..? If you're a Game of Thrones fan it's a good way to get to NN Jon (as in Snow).

CatherineAnn Says:


Very strong name. I love it!!

KatlynLea Says:


I absolutely love when people use Yoni as a nickname for Jonathan.

EasterBunny Says:


Jonathan is a great classic name! It has a biblical reputation as a man who was a great, reliable friend to King David.
Be aware that while this is a name that is easily recognisable, a boy named this will forever be fending off idiots who want to spell it Jonathon, Johnathan or Johnathon.

kiwipop Says:


Jonathan is a good stand alone name

Chloe14 Says:


I've actually taken a liking to Jonathan! I like the sounding of it. It's classic.

indiefendi2 Says:


I love Jonathan! John bores me.

lnxn09 Says:


I feel like this name is trying to be more special then John. I feel the same way about Jackson to Jack.

Leah3456 Says:


Sophisicated name.