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Jonas Name Meaning

English, German, French, Jewish (Ashkenazic), Lithuanian, Czech and Slovak (Jonáš), and Hungarian (Jónás): from a medieval personal name, which comes from the Hebrew male personal name Yona, meaning ‘dove’. In the book of the Bible which bears his name, Jonah was appointed by God to preach repentance to the city of Nineveh, but tried to flee instead to Tarshish. On the voyage to Tarshish, a great storm blew up, and Jonah was thrown overboard by his shipmates to appease God’s wrath, swallowed by a great fish, and delivered by it on the shores of Nineveh. This story exercised a powerful hold on the popular imagination in medieval Europe, and the personal name was a relatively common choice. The Hebrew name and its reflexes in other languages (for example Yiddish Yoyne) have been popular Jewish personal names for generations. There are also saints, martyrs, and bishops called Jonas venerated in the Orthodox Church. Ionas is found as a Greek family name. Jewish (Ashkenazic): respelling of Yonis, with Yiddish possessive -s.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Jonak, Jones, Jons, Kotas, Monat, Janes, Janos, Jenks, Mona, Honan

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You can see how Jonas families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Jonas family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Jonas families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Jonas families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 24% of all the recorded Jonas's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Jonas families in 1840.
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In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Jonas. 16% of Jonas men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Jonas women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jonas were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Jonas life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Jonas in 1944 was 29, and 77 in 2004.

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