Quick Facts on Jon
- English, Nordic
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God has given (friendship)
Etymology & Historical Origin - Jon
Jon is the short form of Jonathan, a name borne from the Bible as one of King Saul’s sons. Jonathan becomes a devoted friend and supporter of the young David despite the fact that his father, Saul, is extremely jealous of David. He is therefore regarded 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.” Jón and Jon are also the Icelandic, Scandinavian and Basque forms of John.
Popularity of the Name Jon
The simple one-syllable Jon has done remarkable well on the American charts. Especially as a short form of a longer more formal name (i.e., Jonathan). Jon debuted on the charts in 1920 and by the 1940s it seemed clear that little Jon was headed straight for the Top 100 list. He finally achieved those honors in 1960 when Jon became the 97th most popular boy’s name in America. But he didn’t stop there. The height of Jon’s usage occurred in 1968 when the name hit #65 on the charts. Clearly, Jon was shadowing his bigger brother Jonathan in terms of popularity. As with most short forms or nicknames, Jon is a choice for the more minimalistic parents. It’s not as fancy-pants as Jonathan and it’s more simplistic and modern than John. It’s also the preferred choice for American parents of Scandinavian descent. In any case, Jon has dropped on the charts down to low levels of usage and is no longer commonly used as an independently given name. Familiar Jons you may know such as funnyman Jon Stewart, rock star Jon Bon Jovi, rapper Lil Jon or reality TV star Jon Gosselin were all given the more formal birth names of Jonathan (or John in the case of Bon Jovi).
Popularity of the Boy Name Jon
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Jon
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Jon
Jon We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Jon.
Children's Books on the Baby Name Jon
Jon - We cannot find any children’s books featuring a character named Jon.
Famous People Named Jon
Famous People Named Jon - Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, TV news personality); Jon Bon Jovi (born John Francis Bongiovi, Jr., musician); Lil Jon (born Jonathan Smith, rapper); Jonathan “Jon” Gosselin (reality TV star); Jonathan “Jon” Cryer (actor); Jon Anderson (musician with the band Yes); Jonathan "Jon" Lovitz (comic/actor); Jonathan "Jon" Voight (actor)
Children of Famous People Named Jon
Famous People Who Named Their Son Jon - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Jon.
Jon - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Jon - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Jon.
Personality of the Boy Name Jon
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Variations of the Baby Name - Jon