Gender: Male Meaning of Jonathan: "gift of Jehovah" Origin of Jonathan: Hebrew Jonathan's Popularity in 2019: #64

Jonathan Origin and Meaning

The name Jonathan is a boy's name of Hebrew origin meaning "gift of Jehovah".

Jonathan was derived from the Hebrew name Yehonatan, eventually contracted to the modern Yonatan, meaning “gift of Jehovah.” It comes from the elements yeho, in reference to God, and natan, meaning “to give.” In the Old Testament, Jonathan was the valiant eldest son of King Saul, and it was his friendship with brother-in-law David that gave rise to the expression "Jonathan and David" to describe devoted, steadfast friends.

Jonathan is the biblical 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.

Anne Hathaway named her oldest son Jonathan Rosebanks in 2016.

Jonathan has spawned numerous spelling variations, including Johnathan, Jonathon, and Jonothan.

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Rank in US: #64

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Koala_Tea Says:


I'm a pretty out-there person and I would joke that I'd name my kid John... Jonathan made for a snazzy alternative :) We call him Jonah for short

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.