Jonathan (name)

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Jonathan and David
Pronunciation /ɒnəθən/
French: [ʒɔnatɑ̃]
German: [joːnatan]
Dutch: [ˈjoːnɑtɑn]
Gender Male
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, Nathan, Jona, Jonty, 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 first known Jonathan was a son of King Saul in the Hebrew Bible, a close friend of David. The name's origin, Yonatan, is a popular masculine Israeli name, appearing in the Hebrew Bible.

Variants of Jonathan include Johnatan, Jonathon, Johnathan, Jonothon, Jonothan, Johnathen, Johnathon, Jhonathan 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 for Jonathan 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, Jonny 2 by 4, 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 Bogdan/Bozhidar 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

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