Jonas (name)

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PronunciationEnglish: /ˈnəs/
German: [ˈjoːnas]
Swedish: [ˈjûːnas]
Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐs] or Portuguese: [ˈʒonɐʃ]
Lithuanian: [ˈjoːnɐs]
Spanish: [xo'nas]
Danish: [ˈjoːnæs]
MeaningDove; peaceful being, accomplishing, and a gift from God
Other names
Related namesJonah, [Yonash], John, Yonah, Yunus, Jonnas, Janusz

Jonas is a common male name in many Western world countries. It is primarily used as a first name, but also occurs as a surname. It is particularly frequent in Germany, Israel, the Netherlands, Flanders and Scandinavia. It is also the most common name in Lithuania, however, in Lithuania, the name Jonas is derived from the Hebrew Yohanan as opposed to Jonah. Its widespread use and popularity has roots in its Jewish and Christian origins. As a surname, it is often Jewish, whilst as a first name it is mostly used in countries where Christianity is the main religion, especially in Scandinavian countries and Germany. In Turkish, Arabic, Persian and the Muslim world the equivalent name is Yunus (یونس) or Yunas or Younes/Younis. In North America the name found popularity among Métis and Aboriginals in the Northwest.

Greek etymology[edit]

Jonas possibly originates from the Greek word Ίωνας (Ionas), a member of the Greek tribe (Ιωνες) Iones or Ionians, who colonized western Asia.[citation needed] It is the Greek transliteration of "Jonah" (as in the Old Testament Book of Jonah).


The Hebrew version of the name means Dove; That is because the word 'Jonas' comes from the Greek word οιωνός (pronounced: e-oh-nos), meaning sign or portent, because in ancient Greece it was believed that birds were sent by gods as a sign to people. From this it is assumed that the name Jonas means a peaceful being. As a variation of Jonah, it can be considered to mean 'accomplishing', and a 'gift from God'.

Notable people with the given name Jonas[edit]

Notable people with the surname Jonas[edit]

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Contemporary use of the name Jonas[edit]