Quick Facts on Johnathan
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God has given; friendship, loyalty
Characteristics of Johnathan
Etymology & Historical Origin - Johnathan
Johnathan is an elaborate version of the traditionally spelled Jonathan. Perhaps it’s the marriage of the names John and Nathan. The name Jonathan is borne from the Bible as one of King Saul’s sons, and a devoted friend and supporter of the young David (despite the fact that his father, Saul, is extremely jealous of David). He is thus seen as a symbol of loyalty and friendship. Upon Jonathan’s death in the Bible, David laments: “I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant you have been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women.” (2 Samuel 1:26). Jonathan comes from a Hebrew word that contains the same elements as the name Matthew, meaning “God has given.”
Popularity of the Name Johnathan
Excepting a couple little blips on the charts in the late 1880s, the name Johnathan does not come into use in America until 1952, making it a relatively new invention. For the next almost 40 years, Johnathan would climb the charts quietly until reaching its high-point of popularity in 1990 (at position #108 on the charts). Johnathan has never been a Top 100 favorite, but it got quite close in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Certainly the extreme popularity of Jonathan in the 1980s had an influence on the success of Johnathan. Johnathan has been experiencing backwards momentum on the charts since 1990. Today the name is no longer a Top 200 favorite and definitely not as popular as John, Jonathan or even Nathan. The one thing parents should keep in mind is that their child will go through life saying “Johnathan. That’s Jonathan with an H.” Otherwise, why not just consider the traditional spelling of Jonathan? Unless parents like the idea of combining two separate names John and Nathan. Then it makes more sense.
Popularity of the Boy Name Johnathan
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Johnathan
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Johnathan
Johnathan We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Johnathan.
Popular Songs on Johnathan
Johnathan - We cannot find any well-known or significantly popular songs featuring the name Johnathan.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Johnathan
Johnathan - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character with the first name Johnathan.
Famous People Named Johnathan
Famous People Named Johnathan - Johnathan Aitken (hockey player); Johnathan Goddard (football player); Johnathan Joseph (football player); Johnathan A. Rodgers (businessman); Johnathan Sullivan (football player)
Children of Famous People Named Johnathan
Famous People who Named their Son Johnathan - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Johnathan.
Johnathan - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Johnathan - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Johnathan.
Personality of the Boy Name Johnathan
The number one personality is a leader - strong and competitive. They are willing to initiate action and take risks. One personalities work hard toward their endeavors and have the ability to apply their creative and innovative thinking skills with strong determination. They believe in their ability to succeed and are too stubborn to be hindered by obstacles. Ones meet obstacles head-on with such mental vigor and energy that you better step aside. They resent taking orders, so don't try telling them what to do either. This is an intensely active personality, but they are also known as starters rather than finishers. They have a propensity to become bored and will move quickly to the next project if not properly challenged. They are the ones to think up and put into action new and brilliant ideas, but they are not the ones to stick around and manage them. This personality has an enthusiastic and pioneering spirit. They are distinctly original.
Variations of the Baby Name - Johnathan