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From the Hebrew יוֹנָה (yoná, dove).


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  1. A male given name.
  2. (biblical) A book of the Old Testament and the Hebrew Tanakh.
  3. (Quran) The 10th sura (chapter) of the Quran
  4. (nautical, slang) A person who brings a ship bad luck.
  5. (slang, by extension of the nautical sense) Any person or object which is deemed to cause bad luck; a jinx.
    • 1979, John Le Carré, Smiley's People, Folio Society 2010, p. 61:
      ‘My first agent, and he's dead. It's incredible. I feel like a complete Jonah.’


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  • J. van der Schaar, “Woordenboek van voornamen”, Utrecht, Antwerpen 1964, Aula-boeken 176, Uitgeverij Het Spectrum