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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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Jonas Family Origin

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Jonas Family Occupations

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In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Jonas. 15% of Jonas men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Jonas women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Jonas were Motor Driver and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    15%
  • Farmer
    6%
  • Haulage Contractor
    6%
  • Motor Driver
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Private Means
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    2%

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

Jonas Historical Records

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Jonas Life Expectancy

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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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