Jonah Name Meaning & Origin

Jonah

Pronunciation: JOH-nə (key)

Origin of the name Jonah:

Derived from the Hebrew yōnāh (dove). The name was borne by a Hebrew prophet famous for being thrown overboard in a storm and being swallowed by a great fish for disobeying God. He was deposited unharmed upon the shore three days later. His personal history is recounted in the Old Testament book of Jonah.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Nicknames for Jonah

• We call our almost three year old named Jonah "JoJo" around the house. He is already growing out of it at school but I think it will remain a special family name.
• We call our toddler "Jones" as a nickname.
• A family friend of ours calls our two-year-old "Jonesy." But Jonah really isn't a nickname-type name.
• When my son was a toddler we called him JoJo (I still do as his mother!), but when he went to school kids began calling him Jo. It stuck, and it is what he goes by now!
• When my Jonah (now 11) was a baby/toddler, we often called him "JoJo." Eventually he came to prefer being called "Joey" and people always think it's cool to learn him name is actually Jonah and not Joseph.

Meanings and history of the name Jonah

Hebrew origin. Means "dove" and "peace."

Famous real-life people named Jonah

• Jonah (Hebrew prophet, Bible)
• Jonah Hill (American actor)
• Jonah Ray (American comedian)
Jonah Marais ( American Boyband Singer)

Jonah in song, story & screen

• Jonah Baldwin ('Sleepless in Seattle,' 1993)
• Jonah Haak, character in the Netflix series Degrassi: Next Class
• Jonah Hex (Western comic book antihero)
• J. Jonah Jameson (Spiderman comic series)
• Jonah (Character on A Haunting in Connecticut)
• Jonah Weston (Character in novel, Still the Song)
• Jonah Takalua (Summer Heights High and Jonah from Tonga)
Jonah Simms, a character from NBC's Superstore

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