Greek variation of Jonah

Jonas Origin and Meaning

The name Jonas is 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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Famous People Named Jonas

  • Jonas GrayAmerican NFL football player
  • Jonas Gahr StoreNorwegian politician
  • Jonas Edward SalkAmerican physician who developed the polio vaccine
  • Jonas Lars BjorkmanSwedish tennis player
  • Jonas SjöstedtSwedish politician
  • Jonas MoutonAmerican football player
  • Jonas D. JenningsAmerican football player
  • Jonas ValanciunasLithuanian basketball player for Toronto Raptors
  • Jonas Kendallformer U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
  • Jonas Sibleyformer U.S. Congressman from Massachusetts
  • (William) Jonas ArmstrongEnglish actor
  • Jonás CuarónMexican 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 BrothersAmerican band consisting of Joe, Nick and Kevin Jonas
  • Jonas BlueEnglish DJ

Jonas in Pop Culture

  • Jonas Grumbyaka The Skipper, character on TV's "Gilligan's Island"
  • Jonas Taylorcharacter in "The Meg"
  • Jonasmain character in Lois Lowry's "The Giver"
  • Jonas Millercharacter in movie "Twister"
  • Jonas Quinncharacter on TV's "Stargate SG,1"
  • "Jonas" novel by Jens Bjørneboe and its main character
  • Jonasfrom the Book of Mormon
  • "My Name Is Jonas" song by Weezer
  • Jonas Huntercharacter on TV's "Legends of Tomorrow"
  • Jonascharacter in G. A. Henty's, For the Temple
  • Jonas Noah Vasquezcharacter on Norwegian TV series "Skam"
  • Jonas Malikicharacter from "Sense8"
  • Jonas Wilkersoncharacter from "Gone with the Wind"
  • Jonas Kahnwaldcharacter from "Dark"
  • Jonasone of the main four characters from the series Platoon of Power Squadron