Jonathan

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Etymology[edit]

From Hebrew יְהוֹנָתָן(yehonatán) (Jehonathan) and יוֹנָתָן(yonatán) (Jonathan) means “Jehovah has given”, apparently with influence from the Aramaic preference for the latter form. Jonathan is often incorrectly considered to be a variant of John.

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Jonathan

  1. A son of Saul, first mentioned in 1 Samuel.
  2. Jonathan Apphus, a son of Mattathias, brother of Joannan Caddis, Simon Thassi, Judas Maccabeus and Eleazar Avara.
  3. A male given name of biblical origin.
    • 1936 Frank O'Connor, In The Train. The Stories of Frank O’Connor, Knopf, 1952. page 166:
      “Well indeed,” said Foley, “’tis a mystery to me how the sergeant puts up with her. If any woman up and called me an outlandish name like Jonathan when everyone knew my name was plain John I’d do fourteen days for her - by God, I would, and a calendar month.”
    • 1998 Barbara Vine, The Chimney Sweeper’s Boy, →ISBN, page 168:
      So I’d change to names I really like. I mean, Jonathan. If I ever have a son I’m going to call him Jonathan, so I’d have that. And then I like monosyllabic surnames that aren’t too common, so I’d have Dean or Bell or King. There you are, how about Jonathan King?

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Jonathan (plural Jonathans)

  1. An apple cultivar from New York.
    • 2018 October 4, “4H column: Join the Great Lakes Apple Crunch”, in Chillicothe Gazette:
      For example, Jonathans are tart and great for baking.
  2. (dated, slang) An American; a Yank; Brother Jonathan.
    • 1822, Lord Byron, The Vision of Judgement, stanza 59:
      Here crashed a sturdy oath of stout John Bull,
      Who damned away his eyes as heretofore;
      There Paddy brogued “By Jasus!”—“What’s your Wull?”
      The temperate Scot exclaimed; the French Ghost swore
      In certain terms I shan’t translate in full,
      As the first Coachman will; and midst the roar
      The voice of Jonathan was heard to express,
      Our president is going to war, I guess.”—
    • 2014, Francis Hodge, Yankee Theatre: The Image of America on the Stage, 1825–1850
      The best single source of comment on Marble's capacities as a low comedian, as with the other Yankees, is the record of his London reception. [] One viewer thought it was not as outrageous as Jonathans usually are, []

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Jonathan

  1. A male given name, the modern spelling of biblical Jonatan

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Jonathan

  1. Jonathan (Biblical character)
  2. A male given name

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  • IPA(key): [ˈjoːnaˌtaːn]
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Jo‧na‧than

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Jonathan

  1. Jonathan (Biblical character)
  2. A male given name

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Jonathan

  1. (dated) accusative of Jonathas

Latin[edit]

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Jonathan m (indeclinable)

  1. Jonathan (Biblical character)

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Jonathān

  1. accusative of Jonathās

Norwegian[edit]

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Jonathan

  1. A male given name, a modern spelling of Jonatan

Portuguese[edit]

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Borrowed from English Jonathan.

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Jonathan m

  1. A male given name, equivalent to English Jonathan

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Jonathan c (genitive Jonathans)

  1. A male given name, a spelling variant of Jonatan