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Origin: Hebrew
Meaning: God's Gift

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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 33 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Jonathan

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      16 Positive Comments

  • "One of the coolest fictional characters named Jonathan, was the character of Jonathan Turner, the English High School Teacher from the Classic ABC TGIF sitcom "Boy Meets World" which aired from 1993 to 2000. Back in the day my fellow High School students loved the character of Jonathan Turner for his New, Fresh & Innovative way of Teaching the Students, we all wished we had a cool Friend/Teacher like Jonathan Turner" Mar. 9, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "The TV series Star Trek: Enterprise gave a fresh image to the first name Jonathan, with the character of Captain Jonathan Archer, superbly played by Scott Bakula , even before Star Trek: Enterprise first aired in September 2001, I thought Jonathan was a cool name , the full name of Jon Arbuckle in the Garfield comic strip & Franchise is Jonathan Q. Arbuckle !!!" Feb. 5, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "A lot of people spell my name wrong and its spelled like this Jonathan" Mar. 30, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great name. It's masculine, sophisticated, and it has a touch of class. The ladies love it." Jan. 19, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the proper spelling of the name Jonathan. Not Jonathon or Johnathan or the dreaded Johnathon.." Mar. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I looooove this name, it's Hebrew and means God Has Given or Gift of God." Dec. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I think it is a terrible name in every sense of the word. You will be perceived as a pretentious human being and it will be spelled wrong constantly. I had the name for 18 years and couldn?t wait for the day I was able to change it. I would 100% advise any new parents thinking about the name to pass on it. I don?t find it fair to the child to have to go through life with this name just because you want to be different. Naming your child John is a much better option!" Mar. 25, 2020: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "my name is jonathan a lot of people spell it like johnathan which is wrong" Oct. 31, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was saddled with this awful name for 21 years, until I was old enough to change it to the much more suitable John. It was given me by my parents as it aligned with their middle class pretensions, but did me no favours growing up in a working class suburb of Merseyside. Unfortunately your name informs people's first impressions of you, which in turn can influence how you see yourself, how others see you, and ultinately how you turn out. The impression that this name gives is of someone different in an inferior way, lacking masculine qualities but wishing to draw attention. Think carefully before doing your son this disservice." Jun. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "jonathan is my boyfriends name but everyone calls him jon. Its a hot name." Jun. 10, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Umm i know this dude named Jonathan but me and my friends call him Jon-ton." Apr. 20, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love being named Jonathan, but it is frequently misspelled, and people shorten to Jon too often." Aug. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

  • "my bro is named jonathan and he LOVES it so many different ways to spell it" Mar. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "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: Report as inappropriate

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