Jonathan (name)

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Jonathan
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Jonathan and David
Pronunciation/ˈɒnəθən/
Dutch: [ˈjoːnɑtɑn]
French: [ʒɔnatɑ̃]
German: [ˈjoːnatan]
Spanish: [ˈɟʝonatan]
GenderMale
Language(s)English
Name dayFrance: 1 March,
United States: 26 April,
Sweden: 22 December,
Germany: 29 December,
Finland: 26 January
Origin
Word/nameHebrew (Israel)
MeaningGod has given
Other names
Nickname(s)
  • Jon
  • Jon Jon
  • Jonny
  • Jonty
  • Jono
  • Joff
Related names

Jonathan (Hebrew: יְהוֹנָתָן/יוֹנָתָן, Standard: Yəhōnatan/Yōnatan, Tiberian: Yо̆hōnāṯān/Yōnāṯān[1]) is a common name given to males which means "YHWH has given" in Hebrew.[2][3] The earliest known use of the name was in the Bible; one Jonathan was the son of King Saul, a close friend of David.

Variants of Jonathan include Jonatan, Djonathan. Biblical variants include Yehonathan, Y'honathan, Yhonathan, Yonathan, Yehonatan, Yonatan, Yonaton, Yonoson, Yeonoson or Yehonasan. In Israel, "Yoni" is a common nickname for Yonatan (Jonathan) in the same way Jonny is in English.[4] In Latin America both "Jhonny" and "Johnny" coexist due to misspelling and have become commonly used (Jhonny Peralta, Jhonny Rivera, Jhonny da Silva).

The name was the 31st-most-popular boys' name in the United States in 2011, according to the SSA.[5]

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  1. ^ Khan, Geoffrey (2020). The Tiberian Pronunciation Tradition of Biblical Hebrew, Volume 1. Open Book Publishers. ISBN 978-1783746767.
  2. ^ "MFnames.com – Origin and Meaning of Jonathan". Archived from the original on 2009-05-30. Retrieved 2009-04-26.
  3. ^ Hanks, Hardcastle and Hodges, Oxford Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, p. 147.
  4. ^ The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition – Page 342 by Dan Isaac Slobin
  5. ^ Popular Baby Names, Social Security Online
  6. ^ "Jonathan name with Arabic Calligraphy". Retrieved 2018-04-30.