Jon

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See also: jon, jón, jön, Jón, and Jon.

English[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Jon

  1. A male given name, a spelling variant of John.
    • 1920 John Galsworthy, The Forsyte Saga: In Chancery: Awakening:
      In that summer of 1909 the simple souls who even then desired to simplify the English tongue, had, of course, no cognizance of little Jon, or they would have claimed him for a disciple. But one can be too simple in this life, for his real name was Jolyon, and his living father and dead half-brother had usurped of old the other shortenings, Jo and Jolly. As a fact little Jon had done his best to conform to convention and spell himself first Jhon, then John, not till his father had explained the sheer necessity, had he spelled his name Jon.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Jonathan.
    • 1994 Robertson Davies, The Cunning Man, Viking 1995, ISBN 0670859117, page 16:
      "I suppose I ought to call you Uncle Jack now." "Please don't. My name is Jonathan, and I've never had a nickname. Doesn't go with my character. So, Uncle Jon - if you must."

Danish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Jon

  1. A male given name, cognate to English John.

Norwegian[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Medieval contraction of Johannes. First recorded in Norway in the 11th century.

Proper noun[edit]

Jon

  1. A male given name.

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References[edit]

  • Kristoffer Kruken - Ola Stemshaug: Norsk personnamnleksikon, Det Norske Samlaget, Oslo 1995, ISBN 82-521-4483-7
  • [1] Statistisk sentralbyrå, Namnestatistikk: 16 263 males with the given name Jon (compared to 20 361 named John)living in Norway on January 1st 2011, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on April 29th, 2011.

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Jon

  1. A male given name, a medieval form of Johannes ( =John).