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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Jonah

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Jonah in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Jonah:

  • Records indicate that 46,834 boys in the United States have been named Jonah since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2008, when 2,927 people in the U.S. were given the name Jonah. Those people are now 12 years old.

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    Comments about the name Jonah

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      27 Positive Comments

  • "The Jonah i know is an absolute CHAP 10/10 guy awobabobob" Oct. 20, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love this name! We named our son Jonah Robert Lee. He was born a couple of months ago! Jonah in Hebrew means dove. So perfect for what we both value; love and peace." Sep. 7, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a Jonah and he is frickin awesome. He is v handsome and has cool glasses and an awesome yellow coat." Oct. 2, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a crush on a guy named Jonah when I was 10 idk" Apr. 14, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "My youngest son's name is Jonah Dale. The Dale is my handicapped brother's and his dad's brother's middle name. I love his name and he is my little dove. Even though he is 13 now and would die if he found out I posted this." Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is due December 20th and after months of agonizing over names I am happy to report Jonah is definitely the one. Jonah Weston Bel (: I love that Jonah is masculine yet means dove, which resembles peace and harmony. I can't wait to hold my little Jonah..." Oct. 10, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jonah and I love it! My parents hated it and even laughed at me when they found out that I was naming him that but I will tell you he is very special. If you do a search on "Jonah" you will find that it is becoming more and more popular. My son's name is Jonah Robert and I found two others born recently with the same exact name!" Mar. 27, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jonah is my nephews name. He was born in 2006. I knew one boy named Jonas when I was in school and we always thought it was sort of a funny name. But now that we have our Jonah, we seem to find them everywhere. There will actually be two his graduating class once he starts school. I prefer Jonah to Jonas." Jan. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband isnt convinced yet, but i am. itl b jonah graeme, g after his dad. i live in uk & hav never heard of any1 with this name here. im sure itl catch on quickly." Jan. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm naming my son Jonah he will be born this August.i love the sound of the name. i don't like it's negative meaning but i do like that it means dove." Jun. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jonah, and its a very unique name. I'm a musician and have been playing guitar for about 2 years, and only know one famous person named Jonah. So if my career goes well, I will be a very unique celebrity." Jun. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 11 years old, and I just love saying his name. A great kid. He lives up to his name." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Jonah. I dont no if this is an english site but I have never heard the name Jonah before here until I of course named my son! It is a lovely name. I am not religeous but I think the name is mythical. Its meaning is dove... Somehow i don't see that in my son! hahaha" Sep. 25, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My husband and I already have a boy named Ethan James. We are expecting another boy this November and plan on naming him Jonah Caleb- a good, strong name, and I love how Jonah means "dove."" Aug. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name very much. My son is born in 1996 and in Germany his name is very scarce." Apr. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love the name. It's my son's name. It means : a dove, and he is a boy that brings peace - a peace maker." Mar. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name because it belongs to my five year old son, but now that he has started school, there are five other Jonah's at his school within a two year age range. I had no idea it would become so popular." Feb. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our boy arriving in June is going to be named Jonah. Our family is spiritual, but not religious and I see Jonah as a mythical name rather than a religious one. I also quite like the irony implicit therein." Feb. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This will be my son's name (due in August.) His father's favorite biblical story is that of the prophet Jonah, and my husband's mother's name is Jona (pronounced John-uh) so this will be a male form of her name." Feb. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife and I are expecting this May and want to name our boy, Jonah. We feel this name carries images of strength and love, characteristics we hope our son will embody." Feb. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have identical girl twins sophia and hope, and an older son jacob, before the twins were born me & my husband agreed that if it was another boy we would either call it caesar or jonah." Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree totally! My son's name is Jonah as well. I don't see it as common... I hardly know of any other Jonahs out there, whereas Noah is really popular. Jonah of the Bible was so much like all of us, too. Wanting God to forgive us, but not always wanting Him to forgive others. It's a beautiful story of grace." Jan. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I agree totally! My son's name is Jonah as well. I don't see it as common... I hardly know of any other Jonahs out there, whereas Noah is really popular. Jonah of the Bible was so much like all of us, too. Wanting God to forgive us, but not always wanting Him to forgive others. It's a beautiful story of grace." Jan. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like this name. It is my son's name. I thought it was a nice alternate to all the Noah's out there. The biblical prophet, Jonah, taught us about God's forgiveness and love for all. Anyone who wants to repent and turn to God can find salvation. He also taught us that God is a universal God. There is but ONE God, and He alone is to be the God of all people. Jonah was not just some guy who got "swallowed by a whale."" Nov. 1, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the sound of the name, very cool. However, if you read about Jonah in its source, the Bible, he had a less than outstanding track record. But, in a way it's the story of how someone can learn from their mistakes, and that's what life is all about!" Dec. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is also named Jonah. It is perfect for him- strong and pure." Nov. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's a name with a real pedigree, not some made-up name that sounds like a kitchen appliance brand, like Blaine or Caden or Logan." May. 31, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "Can?t stand it. I have to spell it everywhere i go. People keep spelling it Joanha. Wish i was Steve or James." Oct. 25, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Jonah is my 19 month-old son's name. God blessed him from the very beginning...born healthy at 32 weeks, 4lbs 4oz. Jonah was a great prophet who yes, disobeyed and then repented, but how many other great Bible leaders do you know who were without fault? Jonah is a beautiful name!" May. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know someone that is named Jonah and I think it isn't a very nice sounding name. The Jonah I know is incredibly annoying" Jun. 7, 2007: Report as inappropriate

      14 Neutral Comments

  • "Jonah is my sons name. The only other Jonahs I know of are Jonah Lomu, legend and sadly passed away the next day after my son was named. And Jonah Hill, a funny guy. I?ve had someone spell it Joana lol" May. 20, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 13 year old son?s name is Jonah and I cannot imagine naming him anything different." Oct. 14, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jonah. He is 18 years old now and I love his name. Every once in awhile someone will spell it Johan. LOL Noah was very popular in 1999 when be was born so people weirdly would confuse his name with Noah on occasion. I didn't name him Biblically but from Sleepless in Seattle, which is one of my favorite movies and when I heard the name Jonah knew thats what I wanted my son to be named." Aug. 22, 2017: Report as inappropriate

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  • "My baby boy is due in June 2011, and, I have known since I was a teenager that I would name a baby boy this name if I ever had one. I love it-Jonah Loren is our name after some debate over the middle name." Mar. 4, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • ""I'm blessed to have a son named Jonah. He was born in 2002. Very uncommon and so beautiful. "Jonah Michael, Mommy loves you!" We do get the common, "Oh, like Jonah in the belly of the whale..." comment from time to time. But that is one of his favorites anyway. I've told him is name means dove and stands for peace. The story of Jonah in the bible is about compasion and love. I adore the name I have chosen for my son! :)" Nov. 23, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Yorkshire Terrier is named "Jonah". He was born March 12, 1996 and is presently 14 years old. I love the name "Jonah", and yes the name is very popular today! Also, Jonah's vets son's name is "Jonah". Isn't that a coincidence?" Aug. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I met the first Jonah in 2004, a terrific young sax player out of USC - very talented, and confident. He had just gotten his degree, and I hired him for a jazz gig at a major venue in L.A., the Lighthouse - it was one of the very few gigs I get at such notable venues (I play jazz piano and sing). He brought a few original charts and we played one, and it was as unique and interesting as his name was to me at the time. I wasn't crazy about the name, but it went with his last name, and I've come to like it more now." Jan. 15, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "This has become a super popular trendy name and will probably edge Josh and Ethan out of the top ten." Oct. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "The comments in here are odd. First of all , what does it mean to say you are not religious? I mean you follow no order of ethics at all? What does this mean.? Somehow or other , wheter you know it or not , there is a right in wrong in your decision making, even if you reduced it to respect. There is only "one" God, the Jewish prophets are notorious for this, distinct. They are not mythical. Another thing, like astrology, why would a name, or God be limited to the time of your birth or your name? Today is our sonogram , the 2nd, we should certainly find out the name of the baby. We likebecasue of our understanding or forgiveness and grace the idea that nomatter what you can come back, luck has nothing to do with it, we complain, we sin and when the time comes , even when bitter about it and scared to tell others God's warnings, he will forgive us. And the Bible says it was a big fish. Critics say a whale has teeth that a man could not be in, little do they know the Bible says big fish. So ta, ta, Jonah is saved. And GGod saved the city making Jonah look like a liar about God, but God revealed in this passage how he wants to be merciful, humans are distinct from nature . He taught Jonah much, Jonah saw much, reality made him frustrated. I say we are naming our son possibly what is in store for his humanity. Sorry about the teasing on the one post, it should build resilience. After all they hated Jesus first. Peace be with you all." Dec. 16, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm not crazt about this name. It's too popular and it just seems blah. My friends bro is named Jonah." Dec. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Jonah. Warning: he will be teased. Name also has an ominous feeling I cannot shed." Sep. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like the sound of this name a lot but as it's supposed to mean something negative, I probably wouldn't consider the name Jonah for my child." Feb. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Jonah as well...born 2006. We love it!!" Jan. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

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