Saturday, December 14, 2019

Namemas: Jonah

For parents looking for a Christmas name that can be used at any time of year Jonah is the way to go! It doubles also a nice less popular biblical name to names like Noah and Jacob without being too uncommon. The name ranks at #145 in 2018.

Biblical Jonah
In the Old Testament, Jonah was told to preach in Nineveh but ran away on a boat out of fear. When a storm hit the crew threw Jonah overboard where he was swallowed up by a whale. He was able to survive and spent 3 days repenting. His story was popular in the Middle Ages but the name didn't become popular until after the Protestant Reformation. 

Famous Wearers
Jonah Hill is an American actor from comedies like Superbad, 21 Jump Street, and Knocked Up. Other famous Jonahs out there include Rugby player Jonah Tali Lomu, American columnist and author, Jonah Jacob Goldberg, and American tv personality Jonah Cardeli Falcon. Prince of Hawaii in the 1870s was Jonah Kuhio Kalaniana'ole. I think my favorite famous Jonah is the prince, so cool and unexpected! 

Sleepless in Seattle had Jonah Baldwin and the tv shows Hart of Dixie and Veep have characters Jonah Breeland and Jonah Ryan. 

Christmas Association 
Jonah means dove. There are many names that mean dove but I went with Jonah because of its biblical association, It almost has a dual Christmas meaning even though Jonah is from the Old Testament before Jesus was born.

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