Name Jonah Origin, meaning, pronunciation & popularity of the name Jonah


Jonah is a ♂ boy’s name.

What is the origin of the name Jonah?

Jonah is a biblical name, which derived from the Hebrew name Yonah(יוֹנָה). In the Old Testament Jonah was a prophet, who fled by boat, because he was commanded by God to preach in Nineveh. As punishment, God sent a storm, the other sailors threw Jonah overboard and he was swallowed by a fish. After three days and three nights, he emerged from the fish alive and went to Nineveh.

What does the name Jonah mean?

Jonah means “dove” (from Hebrew “yoná/יוֹנָה”) and originally derived from the ancient Greek word “oiōnós/οἰωνός” meaning “sign” or “omen”, because in ancient Greece the people believed that birds were sent by gods as a sign. Besides, Jonah could be derived from the Greek word “Ionas” (Ίωνας) meaning “one of the Ionians”, “inhabitant of Ionia” or “member of the Greek tribe Ionians”.

Pronunciation of Jonah

Variants of the name Jonah


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Popularity of the name Jonah

The name Jonah is ranked #197 overall. It is very popular with parents-to-be and is often chosen as a baby name.

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