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Meaning of Jonah

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The name Jonah has the following meaning:

Resembling a dove; in the Bible, he was the famous character who was swallowed by a whale.
It is a male name, suitable for baby boys.


As a baby boy name, Jonah is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 178 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Jonah fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 12 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 148 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Jonah in the USA, over the past 100 years.
USA baby name statistics


The name Jonah is pronounced as jo-nah


Jonah originates from the Hebrew language.

See other suggested Hebrew boy baby names.

Related names

The following names are baby names related to Jonah and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Jonah: Boys - Alvah, Jedidiah, Judah, Levi, Menachem, Obie, Shadrach, Zechariah, Girls - Daniella, Naama, Nediva, Both genders - Jonathan, Jordan


Popular Variants for the name Jonah: Joah, Joenah (Hebrew), Jonas, Jonasco


We think the name Jonah should fall under the following style category: Biblical.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Jonah to be: Strong, resourceful and handsome guy

In one word, you might describe Jonah as a(n) "resourceful" person.

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Faces of



Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Jonah (or its variants) are:

Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga , born on 11 August, a famous singer. Jonah Rzadzinski Matranga 's background: A singer, songwriter and guitarist who has released a variety of solo material under both his own name and onelinedrawing, and has previously been part of the bands Far and New End Original (an anagram of 'onelinedrawing').

Jonah Tali Lomu, born on 12 May, a famous athlete. Jonah Tali Lomu's background: A New Zealand rugby union footballer who has played 73 times (63 caps) as an All Black after debuting in 1994.

Jonah Jacob Goldberg, born on 21 March, a famous author. Jonah Jacob Goldberg's background: An American conservative author and commentator. Goldberg is known for his contributions on politics and culture to National Review Online, where he is the editor-at-large.
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