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GENDER: Masculine
OTHER SCRIPTS: יוֹנָתָן (Ancient Hebrew)
PRONOUNCED: JAHN-ə-thən (English), YO-nah-tahn (German)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Hebrew name יְהוֹנָתָן (Yehonatan) (contracted to יוֹנָתָן (Yonatan)) meaning "YAHWEH has given". According to the Old Testament, Jonathan was the eldest son of Saul and a friend of David. He was killed in battle with the Philistines. As an English name, Jonathan did not become common until after the Protestant Reformation. A famous bearer was the Anglo-Irish satirist Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), who wrote 'Gulliver's Travels' and other works.
Related Names
VARIANTS: Johnathan, Johnathon, Jonathon (English), Jonatan (German), Jonatan (Swedish), Jonatan (Norwegian), Jonatan (Danish)
DIMINUTIVES: Jonty (English (British)), Jon, Jonny (English)
OTHER LANGUAGES: Ionathan (Biblical Greek), Yehonatan, Yonatan (Biblical Hebrew), Ionathan (Biblical Latin), Yehonatan, Yonatan, Yoni (Hebrew), Jónatan (Icelandic), Ionatán (Irish), Gionata (Italian), Jônatas (Portuguese), Jonatan (Spanish)
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