Jonas Name Meaning

English, German, French, Jewish (Ashkenazic), Lithuanian, Czech and Slovak (Jonáš), and Hungarian (Jónás): from a medieval personal name, which comes from the Hebrew male personal name Yona, meaning ‘dove’. In the book of the Bible which bears his name, Jonah was appointed by God to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh, but tried to flee instead to Tarshish. On the voyage to Tarshish, a great storm blew up, and Jonah was thrown overboard by his shipmates to appease God’s wrath, swallowed by a great fish, and delivered by it on the shores of Nineveh. This story exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination in medieval Europe, and the personal name was a relatively common choice. The Hebrew name and its reflexes in other languages (for example Yiddish Yoyne) have been popular Jewish personal names for generations. There are also saints, martyrs, and bishops called Jonas venerated in the Orthodox Church. Ionas is found as a Greek family name. Jewish (Ashkenazic): respelling of Yonis, with Yiddish possessive -s.

List of People with Surname Jonas

Based on our public records, there are a total of 3,225 people with the surname Jonas. Among these people surnamed Jonas, there are approximately 609 distinct names, with an average of 5 people who share the same name. David Jonas, Charles Jonas and John Jonas are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Jonas, with 30, 30 and 30 people respectively.

In addition, Our data shows that Texas has the most people surnamed Jonas, with a total of 287 people, and there are a total of 199 distinct names among these people. California is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Jonas, with a total of 293 people and an average of 199 distinct names.