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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Jonathan
This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Jonathan in the U.S. since 1880.
A few facts about the boy's name Jonathan:
Records indicate that 793,989 boys in the United States have been named Jonathan since 1880.
The greatest number of people were given this name in 1988, when 24,300 people in the U.S. were given the name Jonathan. Those people are now 31 years old.
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Comments about the name Jonathan
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14 Positive Comments
"I'm a boy but my parents gave me a girl's name so I decided to change it to Jonathan. I think it is a nice name for me." Feb. 12, 2019:
"My name is Jonathan and I love the name Jonathan. I also love the Bible and I love Jonathan in the Bible. It has a nice ring to it, and it means Gift of God." Aug. 28, 2018:
"A lot of people spell my name wrong and its spelled like this Jonathan" Mar. 30, 2018:
"Great name with a Biblical hero behind it. But it's not a name I have or have given to a son & I'm glad about that. Why? Because it brings out the world's lazy spellers. I work with someone who is even called "Jonothon". Guess his parents weren't great at spelling..." Jan. 21, 2015:
"Great name. It's masculine, sophisticated, and it has a touch of class. The ladies love it." Jan. 19, 2015:
"This is the proper spelling of the name Jonathan. Not Jonathon or Johnathan or the dreaded Johnathon.." Mar. 18, 2010:
"I looooove this name, it's Hebrew and means God Has Given or Gift of God." Dec. 30, 2009:
"We named our son Jonathan, a young relative of
ours passed away suddenly and his name was John. He had just graduated from college and
was in a terrible accident....We love the name
Jonathan, we call him just J sometimes...he
is god's gift to us." Jun. 18, 2009:
"Hi my namaes Jonathan and i like it alot even if i didnt get to pick it , its still a good name it tells people they need to get to know me before they can shorten it to something like jon. and theres many different jonathans out there so people just have to look for the one who's personality they like the best, best name ever thx mom =)" Apr. 7, 2009:
"I named my little brother Jonathan, when i was only 6, i have always liked this name, his friends call him Johnny which is nice, although i prefer to call him Jonathan. It does annoy me when people mispell it." Aug. 21, 2008:
"My son was named after his grandfather "John" but, we didn't like just John and we found Jonathan and Loved it! but, he is in first grade and I find myself getting angry when the teachers don't spell his name right!!" Mar. 17, 2008:
"love this name, heh, gods gift, well my parents actually spelt it wrong on purpose, jonathen, but i like it all the better, thanks guys, im one of a kind." Jan. 8, 2008:
"Many members of my own family fail to spell my name Jonathan properly - I was even once given a wine glass engraved with the name, spelt Johnathon. Naturally I always get the glass out when the relatives who gave me the glass come round. I get really cross when people shorten my name to Jon. It's sheer laziness and a lack of courtesy." Oct. 31, 2007:
"My son's name is Jonathan, and yes - too many people misspell it, or can't manage three whole syllables. Still, Jon is better than Johnny for an adult." Sep. 6, 2007:
11 Neutral Comments
"hi my name is jonathan. my dad named me from the bible after jonathan which was a very good friend of david." Jan. 25, 2018:
"This is my step son s name Jonathan. I loove this name, my hubby picked the name out. This name fits well with our Jonathan, he s a wonderful boy. We love u." Dec. 3, 2011:
"My name is Jonathan and frankly I hate it because... I dunno I just do. Almost no one in my family can spell it. Luckily I have lots of nicknames so its all good. Don't name your child this pick something more unique. He'll thank you!" Jun. 20, 2009:
"My brother's name is Jonathan. He seemed okay with it up until high school. Now there are at least 5 other kids in his class named Jonathan, and he doesn't feel quite as unique anymore. I call him Jon, but he goes by his last name at school, just to avoid confusion." Feb. 11, 2009:
"jonathan is my boyfriends name but everyone calls him jon. Its a hot name." Jun. 10, 2008:
"Umm i know this dude named Jonathan but me and my friends call him Jon-ton." Apr. 20, 2008:
"I love being named Jonathan, but it is frequently misspelled, and people shorten to Jon too often." Aug. 20, 2007:
"Hi! My name is lizzie and I'm 5 years old. Well see, when I grow up I want my baby boy to be named Jonathon Tyler. And I loooooove that name. Thank you everyone! Drive home safe! =]" Aug. 5, 2007:
"I hate it when people miss spell my name "Johnathan" with the "H". Some people call me Jon, some Jonathan. I introduce myself as Jon though..
Jonathan G., Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, Canada" May. 5, 2007:
"my bro is named jonathan and he LOVES it so many different ways to spell it" Mar. 3, 2007:
"I was born in 1959. When I was a kid, after banning any spoken use of "Johnny" I was simply "Jon" for years, . This led to constant miss-spelling all through school, even including my senior yearbook. The name "John" was simply everywhere. There were always other John's in my class. It is a term for a toilet, and a hooker's customer. It came up in phrases and terms like Johnny Reb, Why Johnny can't read, Dear John letter.. and so on. It was finally when I worked at a place with five johns out of 20 guys, including another with my admittedly fairly common last name, that I finally decided to go by my whole name. It was a good move. It's certainly less common and has a slight distinguished aspect to it. Sometimes I wonder if it sounds a bit pretentious but I don't really worry about it. Its three syllables, but they role off pretty quickly so no one really tries to shorten it. Everyone seems to know that if you are introduced as Jonathan, they can't shorten it to John. As the chart shows though, I'm starting to run into a lot more of them." Feb. 15, 2007:
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