Jonathan

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831k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
565
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Jonathan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Jonathan

"Jonathan" is a name of Hebrew origin, and it means "God has Given". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Red late-ripening apple; primarily eaten raw
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From Hebrew יְהוֹנָתָן (yehonatán) (Jehonathan) and יוֹנָתָן (yonatán) (Jonathan) means ("Jehovah has given"), apparently with influence from the Aramaic preference for the latter form. Jonathan is often incorrectly considered to be a variant of John.

  1. A son of Saul, first mentioned in 1 Samuel.
  2. Jonathan Apphus, a son of Mattathias, brother of Joannan Caddis, Simon Thassi, Judas Maccabeus and Eleazar Avara.
  3. A male given name of biblical origin.
  4. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): An apple cultivar from New York.

Jonathan was also found in the following language(s): Danish, French, German, Latin, Norwegian, Portuguese, and Swedish

Notable Persons Named Jonathan

Jonathan Lavine is a managing partner and chief investment officer of sankaty advisors. Jonathan was given the name Jonathan Scott Lavine on May 9th, 1966 in Providence, Rhode Island, US.

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Jon Stewart is a political satire, news satire, observational comedy, physical comedy, ribaldry, insult comedy, and deadpan comedian. Jon was given the name Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz on November 28th, 1962 in New York, New York, U.S.

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J. K. Simmons is an actor and voice actor. He has been prominent since 1973. J. was given the name Jonathan Kimble Simmons on January 9th, 1955 in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, U.S.

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Jon Voight is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1963 to present. Jon was given the name Jonathan Vincent Voight on December 29th, 1938 in Yonkers, New York, U.S.

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Jon Hamm is an actor, voice actor, director, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1996. Jon was given the name Jonathan Daniel Hamm on March 10th, 1971 in St. Louis.

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Jonny Lee Miller is an actor. He was most prominent from 1983 to present. Jonny was given the name Jonathan Lee Miller on November 15th, 1972 in Kingston upon Thames, Greater London, England.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Jonathan

Goodluck Jonathan is a 4th President of Nigeria, Vice President of Nigeria, Governor of Bayelsa, and List of Governors of Bayelsa State. Goodluck was born on November 20th, 1957 in Ogbia.

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Wesley Jonathan is an actor. He was most prominent from 1990 to 1990. Wesley was given the name Wesley Jonathan Waples on October 18th, 1978 in Los Angeles.

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Joyce Jonathan is a french pop music and folk music musician. She was most active from 2009 to present. Joyce was born on November 3rd, 1989 in Levallois-Perret.

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Don Leo Jonathan is a wrestler. Don was born on April 29th, 1931 in Hurricane, Utah.

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Patience was born on October 25th, 1957 in Port Harcourt, Rivers, Nigeria.

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Stan Jonathan is a hockey player. His career lasted from 1975 to 1983. Stan was born on September 5th, 1955 in Ohsweken, Ontario.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 18 0 18
1881 21 0 21
1882 27 0 27
1883 17 0 17
1884 21 0 21
1885 30 0 30
1886 19 0 19
1887 10 0 10
1888 17 0 17
1889 12 0 12
1890 16 0 16
1891 12 0 12
1892 13 0 13
1893 9 0 9
1894 16 0 16
1895 10 0 10
1896 18 0 18
1897 15 0 15
1898 13 0 13
1899 8 0 8
1900 11 0 11
1901 9 0 9
1902 22 0 22
1903 19 0 19
1904 14 0 14
1905 14 0 14
1906 12 0 12
1907 11 0 11
1908 12 0 12
1909 15 0 15
1910 19 0 19
1911 24 0 24
1912 48 0 48
1913 53 0 53
1914 77 0 77
1915 83 0 83
1916 100 0 100
1917 96 0 96
1918 83 0 83
1919 77 0 77
1920 111 0 111
1921 122 0 122
1922 117 0 117
1923 98 0 98
1924 97 0 97
1925 114 0 114
1926 106 0 106
1927 108 0 108
1928 116 0 116
1929 92 0 92
1930 103 0 103
1931 117 0 117
1932 118 0 118
1933 127 0 127
1934 132 0 132
1935 167 0 167
1936 171 0 171
1937 197 0 197
1938 234 0 234
1939 296 0 296
1940 276 0 276
1941 359 0 359
1942 553 0 553
1943 575 0 575
1944 640 0 640
1945 882 0 882
1946 1,102 0 1,102
1947 1,196 0 1,196
1948 1,284 0 1,284
1949 1,433 0 1,433
1950 1,539 0 1,539
1951 1,776 0 1,776
1952 2,066 0 2,066
1953 2,337 0 2,337
1954 2,748 8 2,740
1955 3,031 11 3,020
1956 3,125 6 3,119
1957 3,055 12 3,043
1958 3,092 7 3,085
1959 3,093 9 3,084
1960 3,360 11 3,349
1961 3,500 21 3,479
1962 4,281 14 4,267 #94 boy name
1963 4,489 16 4,473 #88 boy name
1964 4,662 19 4,643 #83 boy name
1965 4,746 15 4,731 #74 boy name
1966 4,692 20 4,672 #65 boy name
1967 4,939 20 4,919 #56 boy name
1968 5,835 23 5,812 #53 boy name
1969 7,119 31 7,088 #46 boy name
1970 8,238 34 8,204 #42 boy name
1971 8,679 44 8,635 #40 boy name
1972 9,277 51 9,226 #37 boy name
1973 10,336 63 10,273 #31 boy name
1974 10,297 63 10,234 #33 boy name
1975 10,973 56 10,917 #30 boy name
1976 11,402 82 11,320 #31 boy name
1977 12,406 81 12,325 #28 boy name
1978 12,599 81 12,518 #31 boy name
1979 14,414 80 14,334 #31 boy name
1980 19,094 104 18,990 #21 boy name
1981 22,753 153 22,600 #16 boy name
1982 23,295 168 23,127 #16 boy name
1983 22,923 177 22,746 #19 boy name
1984 23,513 183 23,330 #19 boy name
1985 24,301 181 24,120 #17 boy name
1986 24,137 174 23,963 #16 boy name
1987 23,278 179 23,099 #18 boy name
1988 24,509 164 24,345 #15 boy name
1989 23,701 101 23,600 #17 boy name
1990 24,159 92 24,067 #17 boy name
1991 23,058 87 22,971 #20 boy name
1992 21,466 64 21,402 #21 boy name
1993 20,017 71 19,946 #22 boy name
1994 19,135 76 19,059 #23 boy name
1995 18,207 56 18,151 #23 boy name
1996 18,654 62 18,592 #21 boy name
1997 18,581 43 18,538 #21 boy name
1998 17,683 37 17,646 #21 boy name
1999 17,098 38 17,060 #22 boy name
2000 16,930 49 16,881 #21 boy name
2001 16,178 39 16,139 #23 boy name
2002 15,543 35 15,508 #21 boy name
2003 15,012 31 14,981 #22 boy name
2004 14,436 76 14,360 #21 boy name
2005 14,462 27 14,435 #19 boy name
2006 14,397 27 14,370 #22 boy name
2007 13,812 24 13,788 #23 boy name
2008 12,897 17 12,880 #26 boy name
2009 11,385 14 11,371 #29 boy name
2010 11,130 14 11,116 #28 boy name
2011 10,245 21 10,224 #31 boy name
2012 9,358 10 9,348 #34 boy name
2013 8,554 12 8,542 #42 boy name
2014 8,104 10 8,094 #44 boy name
2015 7,621 11 7,610 #48 boy name
2016 6,930 16 6,914 #56 boy name

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Popularity of Jonathan as a first name

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Popularity of Jonathan as a last name

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Common last names for Jonathan

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Davis
  • Taylor
  • Wilson
  • White
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Moore
  • Thomas
  • Martin
  • Clark
  • Thompson
  • Lewis

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Jonathan U.S.
  White 41.95% 64.26%
  African American 15.75% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 16.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 9.38% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 6.02% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 10.27% 16.26%

Of Last Name Jonathan

People with the last name Jonathan are most frequently White, African American, Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander, or Hispanic or Latino

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Fun Facts about the name Jonathan

  • How Popular is the name Jonathan? Jonathan is the 59th most popular name of all time. In 2016 Jonathan was the 56th most popular name. As a last name Jonathan was the 39,004th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Jonathan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 830,826 babies born with the first name Jonathan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Jonathan to occupy the country of Guyana with an estimated population of 784,894 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Jonathan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 18 new born babies.
  • When was Jonathan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Jonathan is Monday, September 26th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Jonathan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Jonathan was in 1988 with a total of 24,345 babies. That's a lot of babies named Jonathan!
  • Random Jonathan Factoid: According to the 1981 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Jonathan ranks 13th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Connecticut. Imagine that, 314 babies in Connecticut have the same name as you in 1981.
  • Weird things about the name Jonathan: Your name in reverse order is Nahtanoj. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ajnhntao. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Jonathan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 565 people with the last name Jonathan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Jonathan? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Jonathan as their last name since less than 1 person in 526k 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).
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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