Jonathan

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English[edit]

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. 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 0670879274, 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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Noun[edit]

Jonathan (plural Jonathans)

  1. (The addition of quotations indicative of this usage is being sought): An apple cultivar from New York.

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Danish[edit]

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Jonathan

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

French[edit]

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Jonathan

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

German[edit]

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Jonathan

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

Norwegian[edit]

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Jonathan

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

Swedish[edit]

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Jonathan

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