Jonathan Name Meaning

Jonathan is John’s longer friend, a Top 100 regular from the 1960s on. He’s a likeable choice that’s cooled off in recent years, falling into the sweet-spot territory of being recognized but not overused.

A bit more mature than his chart peers, Jonathan doesn’t have to worry about seeming childish. He has a sophisticated air that’s hard to overlook and easily blends in professional life. While he’s a very adult name for a little one, he can easily be shortened to Jon or Jonny if you’d like.

Appearing in the Bible as the oldest son of Saul, he’s regarded as a hero and portrayed as a strong man with military prowess. This paired with his meaning of “God has given” makes him an excellent choice for those looking for an under-the-radar Biblical name with established roots.

While Jonathan does have some tough guy associations, he’s not at all gritty or rugged. In fact, he’s a surprisingly soothing pick with a soft sound and gentle spirit. Jonathan isn’t as boisterous with his masculinity as Hunter or Archer, but he has the chops for it if needed.

Jonathan is a great pick for those looking to hop aboard the J names for boys trend as well as for those looking for a name with a solid foundation. He fits in well with other Top 100 picks yet is polished enough to stand apart.

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Jonathan Name Popularity

How popular is the name Jonathan? Here’s everything we know.

Year Rank # Births % Births
1910 0 0%
1911 0 0%
1912 700 12 0.0024%
1913 743 13 0.0023%
1914 686 25 0.0036%
1915 781 26 0.0029%
1916 662 45 0.0047%
1917 713 38 0.0038%
1918 790 34 0.0032%
1919 712 42 0.004%
1920 635 62 0.0056%
1921 645 65 0.0057%
1922 634 67 0.006%
1923 725 45 0.004%
1924 740 44 0.0038%
1925 648 62 0.0055%
1926 787 34 0.0031%
1927 701 48 0.0043%
1928 644 58 0.0054%
1929 745 37 0.0036%
1930 681 47 0.0045%
1931 597 63 0.0064%
1932 569 71 0.0072%
1933 531 79 0.0085%
1934 527 86 0.0089%
1935 436 124 0.0128%
1936 439 123 0.0128%
1937 407 147 0.0149%
1938 388 174 0.017%
1939 323 247 0.0243%
1940 349 224 0.0211%
1941 311 308 0.0274%
1942 243 510 0.0404%
1943 246 540 0.0414%
1944 214 612 0.0494%
1945 179 852 0.0699%
1946 173 1,076 0.0729%
1947 175 1,182 0.0708%
1948 172 1,266 0.0793%
1949 164 1,413 0.0878%
1950 165 1,513 0.094%
1951 147 1,775 0.1047%
1952 139 2,057 0.1178%
1953 133 2,325 0.1314%
1954 121 2,734 0.1496%
1955 116 3,015 0.1639%
1956 114 3,106 0.1645%
1957 124 3,042 0.1581%
1958 124 3,075 0.1627%
1959 124 3,074 0.1618%
1960 118 3,349 0.1768%
1961 111 3,474 0.184%
1962 94 4,263 0.2322%
1963 88 4,464 0.2487%
1964 83 4,643 0.2638%
1965 74 4,730 0.2892%
1966 65 4,665 0.2988%
1967 56 4,920 0.3242%
1968 53 5,808 0.3868%
1969 46 7,087 0.46%
1970 42 8,204 0.5155%
1971 40 8,633 0.5745%
1972 37 9,226 0.6774%
1973 31 10,274 0.7925%
1974 33 10,237 0.7876%
1975 30 10,914 0.8493%
1976 31 11,320 0.8783%
1977 28 12,324 0.9143%
1978 31 12,520 0.9312%
1979 31 14,331 1.0164%
1980 21 18,994 1.2991%
1981 16 22,600 1.5375%
1982 16 23,128 1.5477%
1983 19 22,747 1.5415%
1984 19 23,337 1.5688%
1985 17 24,119 1.5891%
1986 16 23,969 1.5879%
1987 18 23,100 1.5137%
1988 15 24,346 1.5623%
1989 17 23,599 1.4624%
1990 17 24,074 1.4525%
1991 20 22,971 1.4093%
1992 21 21,403 1.3409%
1993 22 19,946 1.2794%
1994 23 19,060 1.242%
1995 23 18,153 1.2045%
1996 21 18,592 1.2417%
1997 21 18,539 1.2535%
1998 21 17,647 1.1791%
1999 22 17,062 1.1393%
2000 21 16,882 1.1051%
2001 23 16,143 1.0714%
2002 21 15,509 1.0349%
2003 22 14,985 0.985%
2004 21 14,363 0.9424%
2005 19 14,436 0.9442%
2006 22 14,374 0.918%
2007 23 13,792 0.8741%
2008 26 12,883 0.8335%
2009 29 11,371 0.7608%
2010 28 11,121 0.7717%
2011 31 10,230 0.718%
2012 34 9,354 0.6564%
2013 42 8,548 0.6004%
2014 44 8,102 0.5561%
2015 48 7,615 0.5234%
2016 56 6,941 0.4814%
2017 55 6,463 0.4631%
2018 63 5,703 0.4151%
2019 64 5,413 0.3999%

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Names Like Jonathan

If you like Jonathan, you’ll love these other names like Jonathan.


What names are diminutives of Jonathan?

A diminutive is a name that’s like Jonathan sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Jonathan, but shorter.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
John

God is gracious

Hebrew

Johnnie

God is gracious

Hebrew

Johnny

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jon

French

Jona

God is gracious

Hebrew

Jonny

English

Nate

God has given

Hebrew

Nathan

He gave

Hebrew


What names are variants of Jonathan?

Mix it up with these names that are a variation of the name Jonathan.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Johnathan

God has given

Hebrew

Johnathon

Gift of God

Hebrew

Jonathon

Gift of God

Hebrew


What names sound like Jonathan?

If you like how Jonathan sounds, you might also like these names that sound like Jonathan.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Ethan

Enduring and strong

Hebrew

Johnson

Son of John

English


What names are similar to Jonathan?

Find a name that’s like Jonathan, but just a little bit different.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Alexander

Defender of man

Greek

Benjamin

A favorite son

Hebrew

Henry

Home ruler

English

Jacob

Supplanter

Hebrew

Michael

Who is Like God?

Hebrew

Nathaniel

God has given

Hebrew

Robert

Bright fame

German

Thomas

Twin

Greek

Wesley

Western meadow

English

William

A willing protector

German


Lists With Jonathan

Find inspiration in these baby boy name lists featuring the name Jonathan.


Siblings of Jonathan

Mamas with kids named Jonathan also have kids with these names.

Name Meaning Origin Popularity Other Gender
Stephen

Crown

English

Lydia

From Lydia

Greek

9 Comments

  1. Jonathan Hosea means “God has given salvation”

  2. I chose Jonathan because my dads name is John. He passed away 2 years ago and I wanted something to honor him. John sounded too old for my liking so we went with Jonathan and most call him Baby Jon or Little Jon.

  3. We chose this name because of the story of David and Jonathan from the Bible. Jonathan was in line to be king, but he knew that God’s plan was for David to be king. We liked the example of setting aside our worldly “rights” for God’s will, and trusting that His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. On a less serious note, no one in our family is named Jonathan, and I haven’t had a student with this name either (picking names as a teacher is so hard!) I like that as he gets older he has choices for nicknames.

  4. We always pray about what we should name our children, as we believe names are very important. So when we thought of the name Jonathan we knew it was right for our 3rd baby , we know several Jonathan’s who have awesome characteristics and we also like the meaning of the name which is Jehovah has given, as we waited 8 years , had 10 miscarriages and a still birth before we had him. He is our rainbow miracle baby!

  5. Jonathan means God’s gift or Jehovah has given. My Jonathan is a great gift from God, I love him so much.

  6. I named my baby Jonathan after his daddy.

  7. My Great Grandpa was John, my Grandpa was John, my Dad was Johnny (my Grandma wanted it to be different). My husband (Mike) wanted our boy’s name to be pretty standard, a “Good Catholic name” – ha ha. Nothing to strange. He picked Jonathan and I thought it was a nice variation on my families name. So Jonathan Michael it is. My 13 year old daughter (Harper) and 10 year old son (Elliot) gave it their approval. It was so hard to find a name all 4 of us liked!

  8. It means given by God
    I love the loyalty of Jonathan to king David in the bible. I would like my son to demonstrate the same character traits.

  9. Jonathan means “gift from God”, which is definitely what he is, as a “surprise” baby. We also loved the biblical character of Jonathan, as he showed a lot of integrity, especially in very tricky situations regarding his friendship with David. Incidentally, one of Jonathan’s middle names is David, and we hope our son will learn and internalize what it means to be a good friend.


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