Jonathan (name)

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Jonathan and David
Pronunciation /ˈɒnəθən/
Dutch: [ˈjoːnɑtɑn]
French: [ʒɔnatɑ̃]
German: [ˈjoːnatan]
Spanish: [ˈɟʝonatan]
Gender Male
Language(s) English
Name day France: 1 March,
United States: 26 April,
Sweden: 22 December,
Germany: 29 December,
Finland: 26 January
Word/name Hebrew (Israel)
Meaning God has given
Other names
Nickname(s) Jon, Jon Jon, Jonny, Jona, Jonty, Jonte, Nathan, Jono
Related names Jon, Nathan, Nathaniel

Jonathan (Hebrew: יְהוֹנָתָן/יוֹנָתָן‬, Standard Yonatan / Yəhonatan Tiberian Yônāṯān) is a common male given name meaning "YHWH has given" in Hebrew.[1][2] 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 Jonathon, Johnathan, Jonothon, Jonothan, Johnathen, Johnathon, Jhonathan, Jonatan and Jhonnathan. Biblical variants include Yehonathan, Y'honathan, Yhonathan, Yonathan, Yonatan, Yonaton, Yonoson, Yeonoson or Yehonasan. In Israel, "Yoni" is a common nickname for Yonatan (Jonathan) in the same way Jonny is in English.[3]

The name was the 31st most popular boys' name in the United States in 2011, according to the SSA.[4]

Nicknames include Jonny, Jon, Jono, Jon Boy and Jona. In the past, Jo and Jonty were common diminutives of Jonathan in the United Kingdom but this is much rarer now.

Names with similar meanings include Theodosius in Greek and Bozhidar or Bogdan in Slavonic.

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  1. ^ – Origin and Meaning of Jonathan
  2. ^ Hanks, Hardcastle and Hodges, Oxford Dictionary of First Names, Oxford University Press, 2nd edition, p. 147.
  3. ^ The Crosslinguistic Study of Language Acquisition – Page 342 by Dan Isaac Slobin
  4. ^ Popular Baby Names, Social Security Online
  5. ^ "Jonathan name with Arabic Calligraphy". Retrieved 2018-04-30.