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Jonah

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61k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
299
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Jonah

"Jonah" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "A Dove". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Jo"nah
The Hebrew prophet, who was cast overboard as one who endangered the ship; hence, any person whose presence is unpropitious.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A book in the Old Testament that tells the story of Jonah and the whale
  2. A person believed to bring bad luck to those around him
  3. (Old Testament) Jonah did not wish to become a prophet so God caused a great storm to throw him overboard from a ship; he was saved by being swallowed by a whale that vomited him out onto dry land
Wiktionary

From the Hebrew יוֹנָה (yoná, “dove”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. (biblical) A minor prophet who was cast into the sea and swallowed by a whale.
  3. A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  4. (Quran) The 10th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  5. (nautical, slang) A person who brings a ship bad luck.
  6. (slang, by extension of the nautical sense) Any person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx.

Notable Persons Named Jonah

Jonah Hill is an actor, comedian, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to present. Jonah was given the name Jonah Hill Feldstein on December 20th, 1983 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Jonah Falcon is a talk show host, actor, and writer. Jonah was given the name Jonah Cardeli Falcon in 1970. Jonah is also known as Falcon and Jonah Cardeli.

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Jonah was a saint. He holds the title Oh Jonah! and Prophet. Jonah was born in 2014. He breathed his last breath in 2014.

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Jonah was born on January 1st, 1974.

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Jonah Lomu is a rugby player.

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Jonah Goldberg is a journalist, senior editor, and author. Jonah was given the name Jonah Jacob Goldberg by his parent Lucianne Goldberg on March 21st, 1969.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jonah

Jonah was a saint. He holds the title Oh Jonah! and Prophet. Jonah was born in 2014. He breathed his last breath in 2014.

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Samuel Esson Jonah is a businessman. He was most prominent from 1970 to present. Samuel was given the name Sam Jonah on November 19th, 1949.

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Roni Jonah is a wrestler. Roni was born on July 16th, 1986 in Vancouver.

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Uche Jonah is an athlete for the Abia Comets.

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How popular is the baby name Jonah in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 8 0 8
1881 5 0 5
1882 5 0 5
1883 10 0 10
1884 11 0 11
1885 16 0 16
1887 11 0 11
1888 6 0 6
1889 7 0 7
1890 9 0 9
1891 8 0 8
1892 8 0 8
1893 7 0 7
1895 7 0 7
1896 5 0 5
1897 6 0 6
1898 8 0 8
1899 7 0 7
1900 11 0 11
1902 6 0 6
1903 5 0 5
1904 5 0 5
1905 7 0 7
1906 5 0 5
1907 10 0 10
1908 17 0 17
1909 5 0 5
1910 6 0 6
1911 18 0 18
1912 15 0 15
1913 18 0 18
1914 19 0 19
1915 33 0 33
1916 32 0 32
1917 25 0 25
1918 31 0 31
1919 25 0 25
1920 47 0 47
1921 33 0 33
1922 44 0 44
1923 32 0 32
1924 33 0 33
1925 33 0 33
1926 21 0 21
1927 29 0 29
1928 30 0 30
1929 27 0 27
1930 19 0 19
1931 17 0 17
1932 23 0 23
1933 24 0 24
1934 36 0 36
1935 27 0 27
1936 33 0 33
1937 24 0 24
1938 18 0 18
1939 31 0 31
1940 29 0 29
1941 26 0 26
1942 25 0 25
1943 31 0 31
1944 20 0 20
1945 30 0 30
1946 26 0 26
1947 19 0 19
1948 26 0 26
1949 17 0 17
1950 22 0 22
1951 36 0 36
1952 37 0 37
1953 33 0 33
1954 20 0 20
1955 43 0 43
1956 32 0 32
1957 28 0 28
1958 24 0 24
1959 22 0 22
1960 28 0 28
1961 21 0 21
1962 33 0 33
1963 25 0 25
1964 36 5 31
1965 33 0 33
1966 20 0 20
1967 30 0 30
1968 39 0 39
1969 44 0 44
1970 70 0 70
1971 161 0 161
1972 154 0 154
1973 130 0 130
1974 152 0 152
1975 132 0 132
1976 189 5 184
1977 233 7 226
1978 168 0 168
1979 401 10 391
1980 402 8 394
1981 392 7 385
1982 297 9 288
1983 260 0 260
1984 276 7 269
1985 276 9 267
1986 240 6 234
1987 290 0 290
1988 243 0 243
1989 266 6 260
1990 246 7 239
1991 252 6 246
1992 235 11 224
1993 459 10 449
1994 1,189 11 1,178
1995 1,382 12 1,370
1996 1,582 14 1,568
1997 1,640 20 1,620
1998 1,482 17 1,465
1999 1,728 18 1,710
2000 1,851 18 1,833
2001 1,997 15 1,982
2002 2,332 20 2,312
2003 2,446 15 2,431
2004 2,314 19 2,295
2005 2,239 17 2,222
2006 2,430 21 2,409
2007 2,535 26 2,509
2008 2,993 17 2,976
2009 2,731 16 2,715
2010 2,796 23 2,773
2011 2,886 23 2,863
2012 2,962 17 2,945
2013 2,910 18 2,892
2014 2,933 26 2,907
2015 2,925 24 2,901
2016 2,774 25 2,749

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Popularity of Jonah as a first name

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Popularity of Jonah as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jonah U.S.
  White 56.19% 64.26%
  African American 34.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 5.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.67% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.01% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jonah

People with the last name Jonah are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Jonah

  • How Popular is the name Jonah? Jonah is the 876th most popular name of all time. As a last name Jonah was the 66,164th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jonah have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 60,854 babies born with the first name Jonah in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jonah to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jonah? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 8 new born babies.
  • When was Jonah first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jonah is Sunday, September 2nd, 1866.
  • What year had the most people named Jonah born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jonah was in 2008 with a total of 2,976 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jonah!
  • Random Jonah Factoid: According to the 2010 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jonah ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 15 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 2010.
  • Weird things about the name Jonah: Your name in reverse order is Hanoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nahjo. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jonah? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 299 people with the last name Jonah.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jonah? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jonah as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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