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Jonathan Name Meaning

Jewish and Gentile (from northern Europe to South India): from the Biblical name Jonathan, meaning ‘God has given’ in Hebrew. In the Bible this is the name of a son of King Saul, the close friend of the young David, whose friendship persisted even when Saul and David are themselves at loggerheads (1 Samuel 31; 2 Samuel 1:19–26). In South India, this is found as a personal name among Christians, and in the U.S. it has come to be used as a family name among South Indian Christians.

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


Similar surnames: Nathan, Ramanathan, Monahan, Jordan, Donathan, Jonassen, Colahan

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Jonathan Family Origin

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Jonathan Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Jonathan family was Keeping House. The most common Jonathan occupation in the USA was Miner. 20% of Jonathan's were Miners. Miner, Farmer and Fish Dealer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Jonathan.

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  • Miner

    20%
  • Farmer

    10%
  • Fish Dealer

    10%
  • Keeping House

    10%

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Jonathan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Jonathan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Jonathan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Jonathan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Jonathan. For the veterans among your Jonathan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Jonathan Life Expectancy

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Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Jonathan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1998, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Jonathan in 1963 was 51, and 78 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Jonathan ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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