Jonathan (name)

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Jonathan (in Hebrew: יְהוֹנָתָן/יוֹנָתָן‎‎, Standard Yonatan / Yəhonatan Tiberian Yônāṯān / Yəhônāṯān) is a common masculine given name meaning "YHWH has given" in Hebrew.[1][2] The first known Jonathan was a son of King Saul in the Hebrew Bible, a close friend of David.

Alternative spellings of Jonathan include Johnatan, Jonathon, Johnathan, Jonatan, Jonothon, Jonothan, Johnathon, Johnthan, and Yonatan (a common name in Hebrew). Biblical variants include Yehonathan, Y'honathan, Yhonathan, Yonatan, Yonaton, Yonoson, Yeonoson or Yehonasan. In Israel, "Yoni" is a common nickname for Yonatan (Jonathan) in the same way Jonny is for Jonathan in English.[3].

Nicknames include Jon, Jonny, Jack, Nathan, and Johnny.

Etymologically, Jonathan is not a variation of John. Names with similar meanings include Theodore in Greek and Bogdan/Bozhidar in Slavonic.

The name day for Jonathan is 26 April in America, 22 December in Sweden, and 29 December in Germany, and 1 March in France.

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