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Gender: Masculine
: English
Jonathan is the English form of a Hebrew name meaning “The Lord Has Given.”

Jonathan first appeared in England (as Jonathas) in the 13th century. It did not become common, however, until after the Reformation. Jonathan declined during the 19th century, but was revived in the mid-20th.

Pronunciation: jon-ah-than.

English: Jon, Jonty, Jonny, Nathan, Nat.

Alternates: Jonathas, Jonathon, Johnathan, Johnathon.

Feminine: Jonna.

See also: Jon, Jonathon, Johnathan.

Famous Bearers:
Artists and Authors:
Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
British author.
Jonathan Battishill (1738-1801)
English composer.
Jonathan Larson (1960-1996)
American playwright.

Educators, Scholars, and Social Workers:
Jonathan Dickinson (1688-1747)
First president of Princeton.
Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758)
American Puritan theologian.
Jonathan D. Spence (1936-)
British-American historian.

Fictional Characters:
Brother Jonathan
A symbol of America, a forerunner to Uncle Sam.
Jonny Quest
A cartoon character.

Jonathan Wild (1682-1725)
Famous English criminal.
Jonathan Carver (1710-1780)
American explorer of North America.
Jonathan Letterman (1824-1872)
American army surgeon.
Jonathan Cape (1879-1960)
British publisher.
Jonathan M. Wainwright (1883-1953)
American general.

Political Figures:
Jonathan Belcher (1681-1757)
Colonial American governor of New Hampshire and Massachusetts.
Jonathan Trumbull (1710-1785)
Colonial American governor of Connecticut.
Jonathan Boucher
American clergyman who protested the American Revolution.
Jonathan Trumbull (1740-1809)
American governor of Connecticut.
Jonathan Dayton (1760-1824)
American member of the Constitutional Convention.

Religious Figures:
Jonathan (Biblical)
The eldest son of King Saul, and the best friend of King David.

Jonathan Hulls (1699-1758)
British inventor.
Jonathan Carter Hornblower (1753-1815)
British inventor.
Jonathan Homer Lane (1819-1880)
American astrophysicist.
Sir Jonathan Hutchinson (1828-1913)
British pathologist.
Jonathan Bruce Postel (1943-1998)
American computer scientist. Helped create the Internet.

Singers and Entertainers:
Jonathan Winters (1925-)
American comedian.
Jonathan Miller
English actor.
Jonathan “Jon” Voight (1938-)
American actor.
Jonathan Demme (1944-)
American filmmaker.

Percentage from the 1990 U.S. Census:
0.313 % named Jonathan
0.115 % named Jon
0.034 % named Johnathan
0.032 % named Jonathon
0.009 % named Johnathon

Popularity of Jonathan:
Popularity (for newborns)
In the United States...
1800: 54th most popular.
1850: 203rd most popular.
1875: 332nd most popular.
1900-1910: 629th most popular.
1910-1920: 699th most popular.
1920-1930: 579th most popular.
1930-1940: 458th most popular.
1940-1950: 216th most popular.
1950-1960: 141st most popular.
1960-1970: 82nd most popular.
1970-1980: 33rd most popular.
1980-1990: 17th most popular.
1990: 16th most popular.
1991: 19th most popular.
1992: 21st most popular.
1993: 22nd most popular.
1994: 23rd most popular.
1995: 22nd most popular.
1996: 21st most popular.
1997: 20th most popular.
1998: 21st most popular.
1999: 22nd most popular.
2000: 21st most popular.
2001: 23rd most popular.
2002: 21st most popular.
2003: 22nd most popular.

In France...
1900-1970: N/A
1975: 189th most popular.
1980: 48th most popular.
1990: 13th most popular.
2000: 100th most popular.

In Ireland...
1998: 86th most popular.
1999: 87th most popular.
2000: 73rd most popular.
2001: 86th most popular.
2002: 82nd most popular.
2003: 90th most popular.

Popularity of Jonatan:
Popularity (for newborns):
In the United States...
1900-1990: N/A
1992: 991st most popular.
1993: N/A
1994: 873rd most popular.
1995: 867th most popular.
1996: 868th most popular.
1997-2001: N/A
2002: 979th most popular.
2003: N/A

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