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The name Theodore is related, having the same meaning.
-- Anonymous User  6/11/2005
Jonathan Davis (KoRn singer) bears this name.
-- Anonymous User  7/15/2005
Many people, myself included, interpret David and Jonathan's relationship to have been romantic. I'm a starry-eyed one in the first place...;)
-- gaelruadh19  7/19/2005
I disagree with the above comment. I believe the David and Jonathan loved each other as brothers, not as homosexuals.
-- AndrewJKD  11/10/2005
I go by JD (I know, initials are not names and totally kill the identity of a person), but my names are actually Jonatan David (Jonatan, swedish form of Jonathan) and I'm not going to be blatant about my preferences but I think what my point is. I'm Christian myself and know the bible very well having even served a mission for the church I'm affiliated with. I don't certainly know whether there was an intimate relationship between Jonathan and David, but I do feel that their love for each other was great. Like a perfect love among two childhood friends who grew up together and are so special for each other, not meaning that "something" had to happen between them because of their feelings, despite of their gender. Anyways, Jonathan and David are mostly remembered and told of as a pure example of frienship and love for another.
-- jd040881  11/29/2005
It is absolutely sick to suggest that King David and Jonathan were in a homosexual relationship!
1) David was married to Jonathan's sister, Michal. So you would be saying that they were not only in a homosexual relationship, but an incestuous homosexual relationship
2) Homosexuality is forbidden by the Torah. As good, observant Jews, David and Jonathan would both have been aware of this fact, and observed the commandment
3) If David had been a homosexual, he would not have been chosen to be king of Israel. That's a fact.
4) If David and Jonathan's relationship had been incestuous, it is unlikely that they would be cited as the ideal of brotherly love in "Ethics of Our Fathers". Particularly because, as mentioned above, homosexuality is forbidden by the Torah.
5) If David and Jonathan's relationship had been incestuous, they would not be considered such great ideals of Jewish observance, because - if you haven't caught on yet - the Torah forbids homosexuality. Also, it would probably be mentioned somewhere.
-- Luanna  1/15/2008
First of all, it's not incest if they're related to you BY LAW. Second of all, David and Jonathan fell in love BEFORE David married Jonathan's sister. And third and most importantly, all of the passages in the Bible - Old Testament and New - that are popularly interpreted as being about homosexuality are, in fact, mistranslations. Usually the actual sin they're referring to is either paganism, prostitution, promiscuity, or a lack of hospitality. For more information, please read "What the Bible REALLY Says About Homosexuality," "The Children Are Free," or "What Christians Think About Homosexuality: Six Representative Viewpoints."

Anyway. Beautiful name, beautiful LOVE story. Ahem.
-- Anonymous User  3/18/2009
One of the members of the classical/pop/opera group G4 is called Jonathan.
-- angeldevil4585  10/3/2005
Jonathan Kent is Clark Kent's (Superman) adoptive father.
-- breakofday  12/9/2005
A famous bearer is actor Jonathan Hyde.
-- Anonymous User  5/11/2006
Jonathan and Matthew are related names, as their original forms have the same Hebrew elements, just in a different order.
-- kateyvic  6/26/2006
The name is lovely. Both David and Jonathan easily beat out their Sapphic counterparts, Ruth and Naomi, in terms of nice-nameitude. But let's not get into that one.
-- Anonymous User  7/8/2006
Jon Heder's real name is Jonathan.
-- sabreprincess412  7/27/2006
I've always thought this a wonderful name after reading Tamora Pierce's books where Jonathan is the King.
-- indigopearl  8/1/2006
In 1980-89, this name made the Top 1000 for girls.
-- Mithos514  8/13/2006
Cute actor Jonathan Bennett (Mean Girls, Cheaper By the Dozen 2) has this name.
-- Anonymous User  8/20/2006
Listen to the German pronunciation of Jonathan here:
http://www.nordicnames.de/Aussprache.html
-- _satu_  10/24/2006
Famous bearer: The actor Jonathan Frakes.
-- Anonymous User  10/25/2006
Jonathan Pierce is a Christian music artist.
-- Anonymous User  11/11/2006
There is an author named Jonathan Kellerman.
-- Anonymous User  11/28/2006
Jonathan Walker is Panic! At the Disco's bassist.
-- phankam  2/13/2007
Czech model Pavlína Pořízková & Ric Ocasek have a son Jonathan (born December 1993).
-- Ronja  2/20/2007
I really like this name. Whenever I hear it I think of David's friend from the Bible. Jonathan was always one of my favorite characters in the Bible - he loved David no matter what, even when his Dad was trying to kill David (true friendship there). I would love to name my first son this.
-- Anonymous User  4/9/2007
Jonathan Richman was the lead singer of the Modern Lovers.
-- mymymetrocard  5/21/2007
Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz is the birth name of The Daily Show's Jon Stewart.
-- Nochenne  6/7/2007
Jonathan Stroud is the author of the Bartimaeous Trilogy.
-- LilaMayaNeve  6/14/2007
Jonathan Pryce is Govenor Swann in Pirates of the Carribean.
-- allie morman  6/30/2007
It´s also the Czech form.
Name Day: 26th November
Nicknames: Jony, Jonas, Nathan
-- Maggie_Simpson  7/9/2007
I really like this name. I met a German boy with this name once and everybody called him Jonie. I really like the English and German pronunciation and the Dutch one is growing on me. I also love the name David so I like the fact that they were friends in the bible. (even though I'm the opposite of Christian)
-- renee06  9/16/2007
I really love the name Jonathan and its conotations in the Bible. I actualy really love the combination Jonathan David, sounds so much like a boy who was strong in his convictions and passionate about his friends. I really like it and would name my first boy this.
-- blackitten14  10/7/2007
Brisbane Lions co-captain, All-Australian Team vice-captain and 2007 Coleman Medallist Jonathon Brown is a famous bearer of this name.
-- Miracle1980Olympics  11/3/2007
Jonathan (Jon) of Jon and Kate Plus 8.
-- Anonymous User  1/19/2008
My brother's name is Jonathan, so I pretty much love it, the meaning is so sweet 'god's gift' at least, that's what OUR family goes by, but I think Jon and Jonny are great pet-forms. I never call him Jonathan unless I am angry at him. Yeah, so two thumbs up for Jonathan.
-- leanerdnellalennelle  2/11/2008
I would want to name my first son David and give him Jonathan as a middle name. I think it's great that the names bear some sort of connection.
-- renee06  2/29/2008
Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American film director, producer and screenwriter. He won an Academy Award for directing "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1991. Other notable film credits include the 1984 concert film "Stop Making Sense" and 1993 HIV/AIDs-regarding drama "Philadelphia", starring Tom Hanks.
-- AndrewJKD  3/12/2008
2007 Coleman medalist and Lion's co-captain Jonathan Brown is a famous bearer of this name.
-- Miracle1980Olympics  5/3/2008
Jonathan Papelbon is the closing pitcher for the Boston Red Sox.
-- Topher1286  5/9/2008
"Jonathan 'Jack' O'Neill" was a character on the hit Sci-Fi TV show "Stargate SG-1 (1997-2007)", which is a spin-off of the hit Sci-Fi movie "Stargate (1994)".
-- Charlie1977  5/24/2008
My brother is named Jonathan, and I always call him Jonny, however everyone else calls him Jon. I also have a friend called Jonathan (Jonty) and a friend with a baby brother Jonathan (Jonny). I think it leaves doors open for a lot of nicknames, which is always good for determining the child's personality. My first son will have this a nickname, after my brother.
-- entrel09  5/28/2008
This is one of those names that you can't really complain about, a very safe choice, sounds fairly pleasant, you can get decent nicknames out of it, suits all sorts of guys, and all that. Having said that, it's a pretty damn dull choice, and something lazy parents are likely to choose because they just pick whatever is common or whatever some relative is named. Still, this beats lazily constructed modern names.
-- slight night shiver  6/10/2008
A famous bearer is Puerto Rican-Czech actor Jonathan Šeda.
-- Emilie007  7/1/2008
A very beautiful name, usually possesed by a very smart, cute and beautiful lad.
-- lavilovesyou  7/7/2008
Number 19 for boys in 2005.
-- Patricia Underwood  7/10/2008
A famous bearer is actor Jon Vojtka, later Voight.
-- Emilie007  7/14/2008
Jonathan is svelt, but sometimes the simpler option is nicest -- I prefer John.
-- EmilyOlive  7/18/2008
Jonathan Taylor Thomas was actually born Jonathan Taylor Weiss but used his brother's middle name (Thomas) as his surname to keep from being confused with another actor at that time Jonathan Weiss. Jonathan Taylor Thomas played Randy Taylor the middle Taylor child on the TV show starring Tim Allan, Patricia Richardson, Zachery Ty Bryan, and Tarran Smith.
-- Patricia Underwood  7/24/2008
Dr Jonathan Crane, also known as The Scarecrow of Batman fame. Interestingly enough, if you look up Dr Crane, you'll find that there is also a dermatologist by the same name. Poor guy; wonder if he gets much hassle for having the same name as a comic book villain.
-- The Lilac Pilgrim  9/3/2008
Jonathan Safran Foer, the amazing author of Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close.
-- sea7968  10/9/2008
I'm a little tired of Jonathan. There are at least 3 in my grade out of 300+ kids and all are fairly popular, so whenever you talk about them it's like "Which Jonathan? Jonathan ____ or Jonathan ____?" "No, the other Jonathan!"
-- cielo  5/4/2009
Jonathan Strange is a character in the book "Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell" by Susanna Clarke.
-- JaneIsNotPlain  5/31/2009
A famous bearer is Jonathan Steingard of Fox Run and Hawk Nelson.
-- germanblondie  10/3/2009
This name is very popular! In 8th grade, I knew 2 people with this name, plus me. At that time, there were 2 7th-graders whose name was Jonathan. Now I'm a high-school freshman and 2 others have my name!

Anyway, in the Bible, I didn't see a friendship like Jonathan and David. Assuming one of them married a woman, they most likely weren't gay.
-- jonathan0012  10/16/2009
I like this name very much. It's old, yet modern. It's classy, and not too arrogant. It's a truly unique name, that's very nice.
-- Myth Writer Dreamer  6/7/2010
I was reading some of these comments, and I am quite angry. It wouldn't matter whether the two were gay or straight. Leave it for a debate team.

But, personally, we don't know. I don't have a religion, but I don't think it really matters. It happened in the past. It's over and done with.
-- Anonymous User  6/7/2010
Two famous bearers of the name Jonathan are Irish actor Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Bend it Like Beckham, Velvet Goldmine, The Tudors, etc.)
And Jonathan Harker who is one of the main characters in Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'.
-- Antique_Cherub  6/29/2010
Jonathan Groff is an actor best known for originating the role of Melchior Gabor in the Broadway musical Spring Awakening and for his role as Jesse St. James on the TV series Glee.
-- dlilly  12/9/2010
I know only one Jonathan (everybody calls him Jonny), who is the sweetest and gentlest lad I've ever met. It is a good name, the only negative side of it can be it's popularity.
-- Blueish  12/23/2010
I think this is a good, strong name for a boy.
-- Joy12  4/24/2011
Jonathan Borofsky (born 2 March 1942) is an American sculptor and printmaker who lives and works in Maine.
-- Anonymous User  9/24/2011
I never really thought about the name until recently despite knowing at least 3-4 Jonathans over the years. I like that it's not plain old Jon (John) or plain old Nathan. I like it.
-- GibsonGirl  11/23/2011
Jonathan is also a French name. [noted -ed]
-- maximel  12/5/2011
Jonathan Daniel "Jon" Hamm is a famous American actor.
-- Anonymous User  12/12/2011
I think this is a beautiful name; so much history, a beautiful meaning, but does not sound overused... it's too classic for that. :) Jon is a lovely nickname as well. I prefer Jon to John.
-- willarose93  12/29/2011
Jonathan was quite popular in the American colonies in the 18th century, so popular that "Brother Jonathan" was used by British soldiers as a name for American revolutionaries and by Loyalists as a name for Patriots (it might also have been a reference to Jonathan Trumbull, one of the few colonial governors who supported American independence). After the Revolutionary War, Brother Jonathan was adopted as a personification of the U.S., like a proto-Uncle Sam.

Brother Jonathan was also a paddle steamer that wrecked off the coast of California in 1865, killing 225 people. The ship was loaded with gold, which was not located and salvaged until the late 1990s.
-- humblebee  1/22/2012
Johnny Clegg's full name is Jonathan Clegg.
-- AnastasiaE  9/27/2012
There's a song called Jonathan Low by vampire weekend.
-- Anonymous User  1/11/2013
This is an awesome name, although for some reason I prefer john. But if you want something longer, Jonathan is an awesome choice! However, variants like johnathan or jonathon are not :/ I was really surprised as well as appalled that people actually have used this name on girls... What about this name sounds feminine in any way?! I personally don't think it's very popular, but that might be because I've only met 2 Jonathan's in my whole life. I think if you named your son Jonathan, he'd probably be the only one in his class. Plus, you can always call him Jon or Jonny :)
-- Oohvintage  3/9/2013
I have nothing against homosexuals, but David and Jonathan weren't in love! That's NOWHERE in the Bible. 1 Samuel 18:1 says Jonathan loved David as himself, not that he was IN love with David. You can love your neighbor as yourself, too, or your brother, or your cat, but that doesn't mean you're IN love with them.

It's a friendship story, NOT a love story. They did love each other as brothers, and that's it. Although I wouldn't have a problem with naming a son Jonathan David. I think that's quite handsome :)
-- Anonymous User  7/1/2013
My 8 year old nephew, my brother's son, is named Jonathan. I think it's a great name for a little boy as well as an adult. It's classic yet contemporary, youthful yet mature. It can suit a jock or a band geek all the same. It is quite popular, but it's a classic. If you like it, I say go for it :)
-- Isabel Price  8/12/2013
Jonathan Bernier (born August 7, 1988) is a Canadian professional hockey goaltender currently playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League (NHL).
-- sambchop  9/23/2013
Jonathan Lipnicki is an American actor best known for his childhood roles in the films Jerry Maguire, Stuart Little, The Little Vampire, and Like Mike.
-- LoveHeartKawaii  4/20/2014
Related name: Nathan.
-- Sabertooth  8/16/2014

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